Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer The “Windows scam” is heating up again in Leisure World.
On the same day last week, shareholders Lucille Martin of Mutual 2 and Mutual 11 resident Carol Hutchings reported identical calls from scammers with heavy accents.
Both LWers believed they were calling from India.
In her case, Mrs. Martin got two calls, both telling her she had a problem with her Windows software. He instructed her to open her computer and follow his instructions.
“Why?” she asked. “There’s nothing wrong with it.”
“Oh yes there is,” he answered. One wonders how he could possible know that.
Then she hung up, but got a second call a day later from a woman with the same spiel.
“Tell you what,” said the feisty Mrs. Martin. “Why don’t you give me your number, and I’ll call you right back?”
Perhaps intimidated, the woman hung up immediately.
Mrs. Hutchings’ call was identical, as was her response.
“A man with an accent was calling about a problem with my Windows,” she said. “I cut him off and told him I do not have Windows, I have a Mac. I told him he was a scam artist and hung up.”
“They’re at it again,” said Mrs. Hutchings.
Mei Crozier was alarmed by a call that came to her Mutual 8 home last week from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
At least the resident thought it was from the IRS, because the woman who called identified herself as a representative.
The caller, in a recorded message, said the matter was extremely urgent.
“Don’t disregard it; return this call (to a number in Washington, D.C.) before we take legal action. Goodbye and take care.”
I advised Mrs. Crozier to ignore the message, that it was a scam.
The real IRS never calls taxpayers with such messages.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
by Ann Pepper
The help of Leisure World’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will be vital to their neighbors during a major disaster, according to two top members of the West County CERT leaders who spoke at a recent “thank you” brunch held for the team.
About 45 of LW’s CERT members heard advice and encouragement from Seal Beach Police Cpl. Mike Henderson and Wink Chase, West County CERT operations team leader.
The CERT leaders congratulated local team members on their efforts and urged them to continue developing their skills.
Seal Beach will have few professionals available during the early stages of a major disaster, often making CERT-trained volunteers among the first responders when disaster strikes, Cpl. Henderson said.
“The first 24-48 hours is going to be chaotic,” he said. “At that point, become your own first responder. CERT members have been trained and empowered to provide assistance when it’s needed.”
He thanked everyone who has signed on for the training and encouraged them to continue their efforts to develop their skills, especially through the occasional field exercises CERT holds.
Mr. Chase said the definition of a disaster is when needs exceed resources.
He urged the team to continue to build its skills, especially in disaster psychology.
It’s an often neglected area and will be of major importance during an incident, he said.
“You can see people relax when we ask the right questions,” Chase said. “Spend some time with the disaster psychology section of your manual. Pay special attention to it. And learn to recognize your own needs when helping others.”
Michael Clairmont, president of the Leisure World Radio Club, also outlined his team’s role in disaster response.
The Planning for Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Foundation and Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) sponsored the event. CERT member Martha Destra of Mutual 14 assisted with the catering.
PEP President Edie Hugo of Mutual 2 said the event was held to thank dedicated CERT volunteers and to inform them on team development.
GRF Emergency Coordinator Eloy Gomez encouraged team members to take advantage of training opportunities on campus. To encourage more residents to become trained in disaster response skills, some mutuals are paying the $22-per-person cost of on-site CERT training, he said.
The next Disaster First Aid (DFA) class will be held July 23.
For more information about attending an emergency preparedness class or joining CERT, contact PEP President Edie Hugo, (310) 713-7217 or email@example.com; or GRF Emergency Coordinator Eloy Gomez, 431-6586 ext. 356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 2.
Lunch, $9 per person, will be served at noon.
Lunch tickets will be sold by table number. One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m.
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 who can be contacted.
Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club. Carry membership cards to these events. 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
The Leisure World American Legion Auxiliary was invited to the Joint Forces Training Base to participate in the homecoming of a group of about 100 Coast Guard veterans. They served in Afghanistan for the last 10 months.
Auxiliary members Pat Fellers, Jo O’Rourke, Hermina Jansma and Sandy Esslinger joined about 200 family members, waiting for the plane to arrive.
They served refreshments to children, mothers, fathers and the veterans.
– Jean Sudbeck
Children A Priority
Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet July 3 in Clubhouse 4.
A board meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, and the program.
The group will launch Independence Day with a patriotic theme, “American History.”
John Heide, pastor of Leisure World Assembly of God Church, will provide songs, humor and his guitar play.
Reservations for the $9 catered lunch should be made no later than Monday, June 30, by calling President Dona Nickles at 431-0176.
The Cole Academy children delighted the large group that attended the June meeting.
Proceeds of dues and special events benefit the children of Southern California, so those who enjoyed lunch and the programs are helping others.
– Joan Shramek
Disaster First Aid Class
by Madge Armstrong
The next Disaster First Aid class will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
Caregivers and their shareholders and directors of all mutual boards are encouraged to attend.
Lunch or snacks and drinks can be taken to the class, which is open to everyone.
The training shareholders receive from the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA) will apply to any emergency situation, not just earthquakes. OVEVA is a local non-profit disaster training organization.
Shareholders have been told that everyone will be responsible for themselves.Self-preparation is a must.
LWers should have emergency supplies on hand, especially water, and keep supplies up to date and available.
The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.
Outside help (Red Cross, military, etc) will not arrive with additional supplies and help for three to seven days, depending on the degree of the disaster.
Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.
Shareholders should check with their mutual boards forpolicies on reimbursement for attending the class.
Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW training coordinator, at email@example.com or (951) 675-4271.They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.
Other classes this year are Sept. 30 and Nov. 18, both from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
Bingo will be hosted by the American Legion Post 327 Sunday, June 22 at Clubhouse 2.
Doors will open at 1 p.m., followed by the games at 1:30.
Hot dogs, nachos and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Cookies and coffee are complimentary.