Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer
With the vacation season rapidly approaching, shareholders should be made aware of a hotel scam reported by resident Jim Hoover. It was also reported by Snopes.com and NBC.com
Here’s how it works:
When checking in, guests give the front desk their credit cards for any additional charges during their stay.
All is good until a front desk clerk calls, usually in the early morning hours, to report a problem with the card and asks the guest to verify the number and last three digits numbers on the back of the card.
Turns out the call is not from the clerk, but from a scammer at another location who called the hotel to request a random room number.
The best advice is for the guest to tell the caller that he or she will physically bring the card to the front desk to clear up the problem.
If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like the front desk.
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Mutual 4 resident Ine Ingenluyff called to report a new scam from a man misrepresenting the Salvation Army requesting a cash donation for victims of the recent floods in the U.S.
Mrs. Ingenluyff politely declined, citing past donations made to the organization.
Not giving up easily, he requested the resident’s credit card number, but to do so, she asked him to send the special envelope the Salvation Army provides to donors.
Frustrated, the caller hung up.
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Riley Kline of Mutual 11 was annoyed by calls on consecutive days from a cad misrepresenting American Express.
“He wanted to confirm my account number from a recent purchase,” he said, “but I hung up both times.”

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to jimbreen@lwsbnews.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Legion Auxiliary

by Jean Sudbeck
LW contributor

The American Legion Post and Auxiliary will hold their annual appreciation luncheon on June 16 in Clubhouse 4.
The social hour will be held at 11:30 a.m.,with lunch being hosted by the Auxiliary at noon.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is today, June 12. The cost is $5.
Call Hermina Jansma at 431-8616 to get tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door.
A short program will be held following the lunch. The highlight will be the display of a Gold Star Service Flag received by the Auxiliary from an anonymous donor. The history of the Gold Star Flag will be presented.
At the end of the luncheon program, the Post and the Auxiliary will adjourn into their meeting rooms and conduct their regular monthly meetings.
The Auxiliary will install new officers, and end-of-the -year business will be discussed, especially the events coming up this summer.
There will be no regular meetings in July or August. Meetings will resume in September.
Cooking for veterans will continue during July and August. Anyone interested in knowing more about the food program should call Pat Miller at 596-4154.
Officers for the 2013-14 year and executive officers are expected to attend the board meeting on June 13 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.
All members are welcome and encouraged to come. No RSVP is needed.
As a reminder, Flag Day is June 14. Shareholders are encouraged to display flags to honor the country and veterans.

Woman’s Club

The Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon June 20, in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, $9 per person, will be served at noon.
Tickets will be sold by table number. One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Seating should be completed by 11:45
Table reservations or cancellations should be made by calling Judy Belladella at 598-1784 before 6 p.m., June 17. Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for. Members who have a party of four and want to set up a new table should call Judy at the above number.
People who need substitute players for either bridge or canasta are asked to call Vivian Neiger at 594-6550 for the names of substitute players.
Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club. A guest invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.
Members may pay their 2014-2015 dues of $20 at the card party or mail a check to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Dr., 8-C, Seal Beach, CA, 90740. Checks should be made out to “Leisure World Woman’s Club.” Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and last year’s membership card with the check.
—Janet Carpenter

American Legion

The American Legion Post thanks the community for attending this year’s Memorial Day event.
Leisure World’s participation to honor fallen veterans and missing in action veterans is greatly appreciated.
Joseph Garcia, American Legion Commander of the State of California, expressed his heartfelt gratitude for residents’ support of the Leisure World Post and the warm welcome he received from everyone.
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Today is the last day to purchase appreciation luncheon tickets. Call Hermina Jansma at 431-8616 to get tickets. Following a short program, the regular meeting will be held in Section C.
—Bud Sudbeck, American Legion Commander Post 327

Senior Patriots Against the War

Well-known political activist John Goodman will be the guest speaker when Senior Patriots Against the War meets at 1:30 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 4.
Title of his talk will be “A Really Scary Story and It’s True!” He will discuss why people should be concerned about a huge trade agreement under way that, when completed, will govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports.
For those just hearing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it’s not too late to get up to speed. The talks, as with all trade agreements, have been conducted largely in secret.
Global health advocates, environmentalists, Internet activists and trade unions are concerned about what the deal might contain.
They are attempting to influence negotiations before a final version becomes public. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Residents and guests are invited to attend.
The goal of Senior Patriots Against the War is the elimination of the threat of violence and war.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin at 430-1047.

Theosophical Society

Swedish educator Eva Moberg will speak on the art of meditation at 7:30 p.m., June 20, at the Farmers and Merchants Community Room, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. The lecture is given as a community service without charge or obligation. All are welcome. For further information, call the Theosophical Society at 430-3957.

Smart Driver Class
The next Smart Driver class will be held June 17, from 1-5 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 .
To qualify, students must have completed a full eight-hour session within the last three years, and their insurance companies must agree to the eligibility.
The fee is $15 for AARP members who can confirm their membership numbers. The fee for non-members is $20.
Fees must be paid by personal check or money order at the time of sign-ups. Checks should be made out to AARP and brought to class.
AARP members who have lost their membership cards can call 888 687-2277, for assistance.
The next four-hour classes will be held Sept. 16 and Oct. 20.
Reservations are recommended for all classes and can be made by calling Betty Adams, LW resident, at 936-1333.
– Betty Adam