Watch Your Step scam column by Jim Breen taff writerA resident of Mutual 1 wants other shareholders to be aware of a scam currently in use at gasoline stations in many states.
Called “skimming,” it happened here in Seal Beach when the lady forgot to push the “clear” button before leaving the pump. It was an oversight that could have caused her to become another victim of identity theft.
The woman didn’t realize there was a problem until she received a call from an agent of her bank who wanted her to verify the recent purchase of an $8,000 airline ticket.
The invalid purchase was made with her credit card number by a “Robert Moore.”
The agent immediately started cancellation of her number before the thief could make any more purchases.
The resident said she only used the card three times in the last two weeks: the post office, a gas station and food store.
“I have read your warning to push clear button after buying gas,” she wrote. “If you do not, your debit/credit card our information will be stored until the next customer inserts their card.
She added that running late, rushing to get home and not thinking cannot be excuses for not pushing “clear.”
The matter is now under investigation to find the culprit.
Two residents, including Esther Cecchi of Mutual 2 notified Watch Your Step of another “repairman” who called their homes to fix their computers.
“Your are on a list of people to contact about this,” came the voice on a recorded message.
Both LWers were given a callback number from a “Nick Smith.”
When the toll-free number is dialed, however, a woman (another recorded message) leads callers through a phone survey that begins with the question “are you over 65 years of age? If so, press the ‘1’ button.
Following that direction, of course, often leads to trouble, but fortunately neither resident called.

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


by Joan Shramek
LW contributor

Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet Aug. 7 in Clubhouse 4. A board meeting is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon then a talk by guest speaker Lorraine Goldman.
Lorraine, head physical therapist at the Health Care Center, who will discuss “Balance” a concern to many shareholders.
As people mature, balance in walking, getting up from sitting and climbing stairs becomes a concern. Lorraine will provide new insight on balance in seniors and will take questions following her talk.
The physical therapist has a post graduate physical therapist PD certificate, and has worked at Memorial, Community and Los Angeles County Hospitals. She is now at Seniors Choice PT, Leisure World.
Call CAP President Dona Nickles by Aug. 4 to make a $9 luncheon reservation.
CAP is an organization whose aim is to benefit the children of southern California area with financial support.

Disaster First Aid Class

The next Disaster First Aid class is just around the corner.
It will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
Reservations are required and will take be taken as late as July 22.
The fee is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included.
Shareholders should check with their mutual boards for their policies on reimbursement for attending the class.
To register, contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator, at or ( 951) 675-4271.
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
the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA) will apple to any emergency situation, not just earthquakes. OVEVA is a local non-profit disaster training organization.
LWers should have emergency supplies on hand, especially water, and keep emergency 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. They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.
The other scheduled classes this year are Sept. 30, and Nov. 18, both from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
– Madge Armstrong

Woman’s Club

The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon tomorrow 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.
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 ($20) 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.
– Janet Carpenter

Safe Driver Program

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 membership. 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.
Reservations are needed since class size is limited to 25.
To make reservations, call Betty Adams at 936-1333.
– Betty Adams

Legion Auxiliary

The ladies of Legion Auxiliary 326 are keeping busy this summer during the hiatus from meetings.Their service continued when member Mickey Keswick responded to a call from Golden West College, where food was needed for the veterans attending summer school.
Help is also needed from the ladies who cook for the Pier center, where homeless veterans dine on a daily basis.
To help, call Pat Miller at 596-4154, and she schedule a time to help. The cooking is easy and fun.
The Auxiliary’s pantry is in need of donations. Food needed includes pasta, rice, canned vegetables, dry seasonings, and sauces. The veterans like their food spicy. They also like fruit cups, small microwaveable meals in cups and snacks.
To help, call Mickey Keswick at 799-8814.