Watch Your Step

 

by Jim Breen

staff writer

 

Consumers were warned last week by The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about a phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.

People who get the calls are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. That, of course, requires getting credit card numbers.

If he or she refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.

In many cases, the scammer, who uses bogus names and badge numbers, becomes hostile and insulting.

Obviously, the IRS does not request credit card numbers or request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, so if someone seeking that information, consumers can ber sure it is a scam.

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Donna Melody of Mutual 14 wants shareholders to know about the call she received recently from a cell phone in Florida from a man who said he was calling from Medicare regarding a new Medicare card.

“Of course I was suspicious because they only contact people by mail,” she said.

The heavily-accented caller wanted to verify her address, the one she had prior to moving to LW. Ms. Melody told him it was wrong, and when he asked for the new one, she hung up.

So the LWer checked it out online and found than many others are getting such calls.

“Evidently, the scammers have a lot of information on the people they call, including addresses, bank names and part of their account number,” she said.

Their goal is to get the complete account number under the pretext of double checking their account information for their direct deposit.

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.

 

CAP

by Joan Shramek

LW contributor

 

Children a Priority (CAP) will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, in Clubhouse 4. Shirley Reimers install new officers, including Dona Nickles, president; Fay Cummings, vice president; Juanita Townsend, treasurer; and Lynn Leider, secretary.

Members are requested to bring unwrapped Christmas gifts for children and teens for the families at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

For those unable to attend the meeting but would like to make donations, gifts can be left on a table in the clubhouse or they can call a club member to have them picked up.

A board meeting will begin at 10:30, followed by a catered lunch at 12:45 and the program.

Reservations, $9 each, can be made by calling by calling President Dona Nickles at 431-0176 by Dec 2 .

The annual $20 dues are now being accepted. They can be paid at the meeting or by mailing a check payable to CAP c/o Juanita Townsend, 13240 St. Andrews Dr, No. 254-J.

CAP’s only goal is to donate financial assistance to the children’s organizations of Southern California.

Non-members are invited to become a part of the organization.

Driver Safety

According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) drivers in their mid-to late-80s have lower overall crash rates than drivers in their early 20s and about half as many crashes as teenagers. That makes them among the safest drivers on the road.

According to the study, it’s important to understand what health factors can compromise safe driving.

If senior drivers have ongoing limitations that could put them or their passengers at risk, they may want to reconsider their capacity to continue driving.

Older drivers should evaluate how the following factors affect their driving ability:

• Vision. How well a driver can see accounts for about 90 percent of his or her ability to drive safely. Weak visual aptitude can be measured by an inability to read signs, street markings, or to see other cars and pedestrians in low-light conditions.

• Mobility. Loss of strength, coordination and flexibility can make it challenging to control a vehicle. Mobility difficulties may also be signaled by pain and discomfort performing daily activities as well as arthritis in the neck and shoulders.

• Behavior. Trouble remembering familiar routes, anxiety or confusion while driving, or problems distinguishing the accelerator from the brake pedal are causes for immediate concern. From the AAAFTS

Womans Club

by Janet Carpenter

LW contributor

 

The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon on Friday, Nov. 15, 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

Legion

The American Legion will meet at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 4. Veterans who want to join the post are welcome to attend.

Legion Auxiliary past president Jean Sudbeck and her committee will have tickets for the Christmas luncheon on sale for $5 per person.

Early reservations are advised so sufficient food will be available.

Reservations are necessary.

– Bud Sudbeck

Clutterers

Clutter Busters, formerly Clutterers Anonymous, takes a broader approach to the baffling problem of reducing clutter when the group meets at 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

Source material from books on the topic will be available at meetings, speakers will be featured and there will be a free exchange of ideas.

The group willcontinue to provide a warm, caring atmosphere where people are free to discuss their clutter problems.

For more information, call Anne Shattuck at 799-7756.

– Bud Sudbeck

Legion Auxiliary

The ladies of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 will meet Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 4.

President Mary Wiens will call the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.

On the agenda will be plans for the Christmas luncheon Dec. 16.

Tickets are $5 per person and reservations are required. Jean Sudbeck and her committee will be selling tickets.

Members will be asked to shop for Christmas items for some of the needy families at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

Ann Hurley volunteered to chair the project. It’s an annual event that members look forward to every year.

Each family will receive $200 in clothing and toys and a $50 grocery card for Christmas dinner.

– Sandy Esslinger

NA’AMAT USA

Maxine “Max” Smith, also known as the eBay Lady” and a Leisure World resident with many years of experience, will be NA’AMAT USA’s guest speaker Nov. 18, beginning at 1:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Max, known for her sense of humor and eBay story-telling, will discuss buying and selling goods and conduct a question-and-answer forum.

She will also demonstrate how to do a search to see if something people want to sell (or buy) is feasible to do so.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring an item and Max will determine if it has value. It will be an informative learning experience for women and men.

Non-NA’AMAT USA members are welcome to attend.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for the program, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Those who attend are asked to submit names of outside guests for Security to Henrietta Zarovsky, 596-3767; or Darlene Rose, 296-5740.

A brief general meeting at 12:30 will precede the program.

All are welcome to learn about the work of NA’AMAT USA, a voice for women and children and a voice for Israel.

Annual dues of $36 are payable at the meeting.

– Darlene Ros

Concerned Shareholers

The Concerned Shareholders meeting that was scheduled Nov. 26 has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

“I would like to thank those who so graciously informed me that 95 percent of the CS membership will be out of town the week of Thanksgiving Day,”said Margarita Bahr, Mutual 2 Director, who arranged the meeting.

The meeting will b rescheduled at a later date.

– Margarita Bahr and Lucille Findley

Y Service Club

Jaime Guererro, the Golden Rain Foundation’s Gates and Patrol Chief, will speak at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Y Service Club. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

At 7:30, a continental breakfast will be served by Bonnie Freund and Sandi Post.

President Margaret Humes will convene a short business meeting at 8 a.m.

Guests are welcome to attend.

Jaime joined the GRF in 2005 as Safety/Emergency coordinator and was promoted to Security and Transportation manager in May 2008.

– Trish Geddes