Janet Hurd of Mutual 7 got two text messages recently from Bank of America. They appeared to be from BofA, but turned into another “phishing” scam when she learned that her account had been compromised. She was given a number to call and resolve the matter.
Now aware that it was a scam, Hurd went to the real Bank of America to report it.
The bank is fighting the rampant misuse of its corporate brand with an aggressive program to apprehend the offenders.
Shareholders with BofA accounts are requested to report any such incidents to abusebankofamerica.com.
“They told me to forward the text of the message to that address. I did and have not had another text since then.”
A friend of Mutual 7 resident Jim Kaspar sent him an amusing copy of an email received recently from an impersonator of Citibank of America New York.
Written in broken English and quite obviously a scam, it informed the recipient that he was in line to share in a $5 million pot designed for 150 scam victims thanks to World Bank of Switzerland. The funds came from the fortune left behind by the late President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
As Jim’s friend noted: “Do you wonder, as I do, how someone with no education ever got to be a high-ranking bank officer? I need the money to keep me in cigarettes and booze. “
Mutual 12 resident Ramona Wilson received a strange call last week from a scammer asking why she has not claimed her $4.5 million check for winning the lottery.
“All we need from you first is to send us 92 cents,” he said. “You do have 92 cents, don’t you?”
GRF PURCHASING DEPARTMENT
The Golden Rain Foundation’s Purchasing Department will be selling emergency preparedness kits and an enormous range of surplus inventory items from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28-Sept. 5.
The sale will include office furniture, such as desks, chairs and bookcases, as well as copiers, calendars, stoves, barbecues, printers, filing cabinets and even a piano. For more information, call the Purchasing Department at 431-6586, ext. 307.
Y SERVICE CLUB
The Y Service Club of Leisure World meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The meeting includes a speaker. All are welcome.
The Ys Service Club is a service club of over 70 men and women directly serving residents in the Leisure World community. It supports the local Los Altos YMCA, especially programs like Kids-to-Camp, and is part of the International Association of Y’s Men’s Clubs.
Members help Leisure World residents with small jobs such as changing light bulbs, cleaning air filters, hanging pictures, turning mattresses and more.
Members accept, but do not expect, small donations for jobs done.
People can request help by referring to the weekly ad that appears in the GR News under “free services.” Some members serve by doing these jobs, and others answer the phone to take job requests. New club members are welcome.
The club has several annual events, a church fellowship, a picnic, rummage sales and pancake breakfasts.
Last month, 18 club members attended First Christian Church wearing their bright yellow vests to take part in “Ys Men in Church Sunday,” a worldwide fellowship of people working with a common loyalty to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). The goal is to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all mankind.
The club met for a picnic in July with hamburgers and hot dogs, games and fellowship.
Each fall and spring, there is a rummage sale and pancake breakfast.
Members will pick up items from residents throughout the year for rummage sales. They are now collecting items for the Oct. 4 sale.
Volunteers are welcome to join. Come to a meeting or call one of the numbers in the LW News under “free services” for more information.
SENIOR PATRIOTS FOR PEACE
For the Golden Rain News
Leisure World residents and guests are invited to the Senior Patriots for Peace meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 in Clubhouse 4. Deanne Tate, president and CEO of Veterans First, and Howard Raleigh, executive director, will discuss the organization and the work it does to help veterans in need.
Veterans First is the only nonprofit 501C(3) organization in Orange County that provides services and housing exclusively to the region’s homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
Veterans First’s services include housing, meals, case management, counseling for substance abuse and life skills, transportation and job training and placement assistance.
The Veterans Administration estimates that more than 150,000 veterans are homeless on any given night with more than 250,000 experiencing some form of homelessness over the course of a year.
There are now an estimated 2,500 homeless veterans in Orange County. Veterans First’s goal is to help restore honor and dignity to the men and women whose sacrifices defending the country has left them in need.
There is no cost to attend the meeting. Those who attend will learn how they can help.
A table will be set up for donations. The vets would be grateful for comforters, pillows, linens, socks and toiletries. They have a constant need for these items.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace. The group focuses on issues of peace, social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for future generations.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin, 430-1047.
The Phil-Am Social Club celebrated its 14th anniversary Aug. 16 with an evening of dinner and entertainment. Rosie Rogala delivered the invocation, followed by opening remarks from Joseph Chavez, club president. He praised club members for their support and cooperation during his first term. He also paid tribute to members who died.
Emcee Ofelia Sanchez acknowledged the club committees for their efforts.
During the catered meal, Max Cadabona, assisted by Bennie and Jay De la Cruz, played musical favorites.
The evening included line dancing, karaoke and ballroom dancing.
Prior to the celebration, new officers were introduced. They are Joseph Chavez, president; Ching Salud, vice president; Shirlene Chavez, secretary; and Pete Tupas, treasurer. Amado Fernando swore them in for two-year terms on July 14.
LW WOMAN’S CLUB
The Leisure World Woman’s Club invites shareholders and friends to the annual Victorian Tea Sept. 20 in Clubhouse 2. The social event is the club’s major fund-raiser. Proceeds support local charities.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. so guests can buy boutique items from Carol’s Raffle. Money tree tickets will be sold in the foyer.
Lunch will served at noon. Tatjana will entertain with singing and dancing after lunch.
Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a table of eight. To purchase them, send a check made out to Leisure World Woman’s Club, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Jan Kuhl, 1241 Knollwood Road, 46-E, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.
For more information, call 446-0082.