Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer
Residents have complained recently about form letters received urging them to renew their new car warranties. Opening the letter, they learn that their warranty is close to expiration and they should act quickly to renew. “Extremely urgent and time sensitive” is scrawled at the top of the letter in boldface type.
“View the package that has been tailored to your needs” is another headline.
Scammers have also been placing automated or pre-recorded phone calls urging renewal, simply press button 1, which leads to a request for personal information, including a credit card number.
Callers often pose as representatives of car dealers or manufacturers, but have only limited information about the consumer’s car and warranty.
One LWer who received a letter saw that the scammers were aware that he had a Honda, but not much else. No year, or name of the dealer that sold him his car in 2008.
“How do they even know our warranty is about to expire?” asked the Mutual 2 resident, who prefers anominity.
Residents who register their home and wireless numbers on the National Do-Not-Call list should be aware that scam calls violate the Federal Trade Commission’s Do-Not-Call rules.
Anyone making a telephone solicitation call to home numbers must provide his or her name, the name of the person or entity on whose behalf the call is being made, and a telephone number or address where they can be contacted.
If the call is a pre-recorded message, it must include a contact telephone number. Without these disclosures, the call violates FCC rules.
In some cases, the FCC can issue warning citations and impose fines against companies violating do-not-call rules, but the FCC does not award individual damages.
Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for information about their efforts to stop auto warranty scams. Complaints can be filed online or by calling 1-877-382-4357.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to email@example.com or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
by Janet Carpenter
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon on Friday, July 18 in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, priced at $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.
Table reservations or cancellations should be made by calling Judy Belladella at 598-1784 before 6 p.m., July 15. Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for.
Members having a party of four and wishing to set up a new table should also call Judy at the above number.
Those tables needing a substitute player 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. Membership cards should be taken to all 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 ($15) at the card party or mail a check to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Lane, 8-C, Seal Beach, CA 90740. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and last year’s membership card with the check.
Safe Driver Class
The next Smart Driver class will be held July 21 and 22 from 1-5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
The eight-hour session over two days will be for people who have never taken the class or want to take it again.
The fee is $15 for AARP members who can confirm their membership numbers. The cost for non-members is $20.
Fees must be paid by personal check or money order at the time of sign-ups. Cash or credit cards will not be accepted.
Checks should be made out to AARP and brought to class.
Certificates will be distributed at the end of the second day of class.
The next eight-hour class will be held Nov. 17-18.
Reservations are needed since class size is limited to 25.
To make reservations or for more information, call Betty Adams, LW resident, at 936-1333.
– Betty Adams
Disaster First Aid Class
The next Disaster First Aid class for residents 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.
The training shareholders receive the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA) will applyto any emergency situation, not just earthquakes.
LWers should have emergency supplies on hand, especially water, and keep emergency supplies up to date and available.
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.
Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ( 951) 675-4271.
They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.
Senior Patriots for Peace
by Nancy Goldstein
Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend tomorrow’s 1 p..m. meeting of Senior Patriots For Peace when the speaker will be Dr. Donald Schwartz, professor emeritus at California State University, Long Beach.
The title of his lecture in Clubhouse 4 will be “The Golden Door: The History of Immigration In America.”
Dr. Schwartz’s lecture will address the reasons immigrants came to these shores, the reaction of native-born Americans to the newcomers, and the current controversies surrounding the immigration debate today.
A questions and answer period will follow the presentation.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world.
The goal is the elimination of the threat of violence and war. To that end, members focus on issues of world peace, social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin, 430-1047.
Members of the Open Forum will continue its series of lectures and discussions on China’s early history and society when the group meets at 10 a.m., July 15, in Room 2 of Clubhouse 3.
The club is studying the teachings and philosophy of Buddhism and its impact on Chinese civilization.
Members are taking a look at their cultural, religious and philosophical ways and beliefs.
The Forum meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.
Y Service Club
The Y Service Club reminds shareholders of the free services members provide with non-professional household jobs.
For more information, see the advertisement under Free Services in the Classified Section of this paper for phone numbers to call to request help.
Members also pick up discards year-round and save them for club rummage sales.
Everything is accepted except large furniture. Clothing is not sold, but donated to other charities.
Whether it’s a bag-full or an apartment-full, the club is ready to help LWers clearing out items.
Members are reminded that the club will hold its annual summer picnic at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. It replaces the regular monthly meeting.
Check the club newsletter or additional information.
– Trish Geddes
Leisure World Library
The Leisure World Library has several new displays that can be seen until the end of August.
Several cases have resident Flo Dartt’s collection of small glass animals from LW garage sales that were assembled over the last seven years. A few years ago, part of the collection was donated to the Long Beach Playhouse for its production of “The Glass Menagerie.”
Residents can inspect the glass fish in the “aquarium” to see if they can find all of them. The library staff will help if needed.
A collection from the Paws, Claws and Beaks Club consists of stuffed birds, cats and dogs that shareholders and their grandchildren can enjoy.
Pictures of the club’s 50th anniversary float are also on display.
The library seeks collections for future displays. Those who can contribute should contact a staff member.
– Joan Shramek