Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer
Scores of emails find their way into our computers with alarming regularity using “come-ons.
Whatever the promise, they all have the common goal of getting people to open the links they send so they can pry out sensitive financial information.
The oft-repeated message here: Don’t open them. Delete the entire email.
A sampling of what I received in a single week:
• Get access to personal records of people you know in seconds
• Congratulations, you are being offered a new position that pays $75 an hour working with Facebook and Amazon. Click here, only one position is left
• An all-cash offer for your timeshare may be available Tuesday
• Click here and access anyone’s personal background in minutes
• Have you seen the spray that burns four times the calories? Americans have been running wild spraying this into their mouths.
• You are eligible for a $250k life-insurance policy for less than $14 a month
• Your credit scores may have recently changed due to a number of recent score updates.
• Why would the government store 450,000 plastic coffins? Are government shutdowns going to cause nationwide anarchy? See the video now.
• Your Citi credit card statement is on its way, register now. (Many people who get this one don’t even have an account with Citi.)
• A new law requires U.S. car/truck dealers to provide shockingly low-priced 2014 vehicles. Click here to see how.
Last and probably least: The recent email scam attempted on Elaine M. Lundborg of Mutual 16 was one of the shortest on record.
The sender left the message field blank,writing his pitch in the “Subject” field: “$1.2 million was awarded to you by Tom Crist in honor of his late wife. Send name, address, country, etc for more info.”
Tom Crist won $40 million in the Canadian lottery last year, then announced he would put the money into a charity set up in his wife’s name.
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.
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., June 3, in Clubhouse 3. Clubhouse 2, the usual meeting location, will be used for the election that day.
Ann Hause and Bobbye Trent will serve as greeters at the main door of the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Pat Kogok will entertain at the piano.
Jan Kuhl will open the meeting, the theme of which is “A Song in My Heart.” Tables will be decorated by Sally Fowler and her committee.
Donna O’Keefe will lead the flag salute and a patriotic song. Dona Nickles will present an inspiring thought for the day.
Jan will introduce the officers for the Club’s 2014-2015 year, followed by their installation.
Anita Ragole will introduce Bonnie Bowden, a versatile and melodic coloratura soprano who will sing songs including jazz, opera, Broadway and classical.
Bonnie has performed with such legends as Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. She performs with big bands, symphony orchestras and has a one-woman show featuring a variety of music from the great American songbook.
After the meeting and performance, refreshments will be served by Joan Allison, Violet Schwabenland and Vivian Neiger. Tea hostess will be Jan Krehbiel.
Membership dues, $20, are payable for the new year that begins June 10. They can be given to Penny Wright at the June 3 meeting or at the club’s card party in June.
Checks should be made out to Leisure World Woman’s Club and sent with a self-addressed, stamped envelope with last year’s yellow membership card to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Dr., 8-C.
Dues must be paid by Aug. 31 for the names to be included in the new club yearbook.
GRF Question Box
WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION/COMMENT?
Do you have a question, comment or a suggestion for the Golden Rain Foundation? In order to expedite the proceedings of the annual GRF membership meeting on June 10, 2014, any member present who wants to speak on any matter is requested to fill out this form. That will allow the Board to prepare a response, if necessary. Submit requests to the GRF Board Office, P. O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, to the attention of Ms. Linda Stone, corporate secretary, or Miss Courtney Knapp, assistant to the President, as soon as possible, but no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014. Requests may also be dropped in a white GRF mailbox, with no postage necessary.
PHONE NO. ___________________________________
Subject of question, comment or statement which I intend
to offer is:
Member comments are limited to four minutes.
The annual meeting of the members will be held Tuesday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
California Retired Teachers Association
The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) will meet at noon, June 6, in Clubhouse 2.
Box lunches catered by the Corner Baker will include a sandwich, fruit cup, chips and a cookie. Additional dessert will be provided by Polly’s Pies Restaurant.
Reservations (and cancellations) must be made by June 4 by calling Sue Grimsley at 431-3083.
The program will feature a slide show by William Quemada on the Galapagos Islands.
All LW residents are invited.
Those who attend and join CalRTA will not be charged for lunch. Members who bring a guest who becomes a member will also receive a free lunch.
The next lunch meeting is in October.
For more information, call Dorothy Geisler of Mutual 2 at 598-1477.
Orange County Transportation Authority
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is recruiting community leaders to fill openings on the Citizens Advisory Committee, a 34-member group that provides input on a broad spectrum of transportation projects, studies and outreach activities.
Appointed by OCTA’s board of directors, the committee’s responsibilities include identifying opportunities for community input, serving as a liaison between the public and OCTA, and participating in roundtable discussions.
OCTA is seeking individuals with a demonstrated interest in community activities and transportation issues who are willing to dedicate at least 20 hours a year to meetings and activities.
It is an unpaid volunteer position and committee members are asked to commit to a two-year term. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live in Orange County.
Applications are available at www.octa.net/cac.
For more information, contact Kritsida Adisakkitti at (714) 560-5428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OCTA board is expected to select members in June.
Senior Patriots Against the War
Well-known political activist John Goodman will be the guest speaker when Senior Patriots Against the War meets at 1:30 p.m., June 13, in Clubhouse 4.
Title of his talk will be “A Really Scary Story and It’s True!” He will discuss why people should be concerned about a huge trade agreement underway that when completed, will govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports.
For those just hearing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it’s not too late to get up to speed. The talks, as with all trade agreements, have been conducted largely in secret.
Global health advocates, environmentalists, internet activists and trade unions are concerned about what the deal might contain.
They are attempting to influence negotiations before a final version becomes public. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.
Residents and guests are invited to attend.
The goal of Senior Patriots Against the War is the elimination of the threat of violence and war.
To that end, the club focuses 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. Without justice there can be no peace.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin at 430-1047.
– Nancy Goldstein
Smart Driver Class
The next Smart Driver class will be held June 17 from 1-5 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
To qualify, students must have completed a full eight-hour session within the last three years, and their insurance companies must agree to the eligibility.
The fee is $15 for AARP members who can confirm their membership numbers. The fee for non-members is $20.
Fees must be paid by personal check or money order at the time of sign-ups. Checks should be made out to AARP and brought to class.
AARP members who have lost their membership cards can call 1-888-687-2277 for assistance.
The next four-hour class will be held Sept. 16 and Oct. 20.
Reservations are recommended for all classes and can be made by calling Betty Adams, LW resident, at 936-1333.
– Betty Adams
Children APriority (CAP)
Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet on Thursday, June 5, in Clubhouse 4. Featured will be the children of Cole Academy, a public charter school with an enrollment of 339 students (kindergarten to fifth grade).
A musical program will be provided by the choir.
Interaction by the students with the people in attendance is always enjoyable for everyone. The students enjoy asking questions of their elders.
The menu will feature pizza, with sliced fresh vegetables, cold beverage and dessert. The cost is $9 per person.
Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations are advised since it is usually a well-attended event.
For tickets, call Dona Nickles at 431-1076 by June 2.
No board meeting is scheduled this month.
– Joan Shramek
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., June 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The Han Dynasty from 206 BC to 221 AD is now being studied. The series continues through 2014.
The club will take a look at China’s cultural, religious and philosophical ways and beliefs.
The Forum meets at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.
Y Service Club
The Leisure World Y Service Club is made up of a group of men and women who assist residents with small chores they can no longer do.
Members are not professionals and do not perform electrical work, plumbing, cleaning, or gardening.
The club seeks active new members, especially those who can climb ladders and can volunteer a few hours a month to help neighbors.
For more information and to request assistance, residents can call one of the numbers listed weekly in the classified section of The News, under “free services.”
Residents’ needs will then be directed to a member, who will return the call.
Members also pick up discarded items for twice-a-year rummage sales.
– Trish Geddes