Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer
The dreaded medical alert device scam was reported again last week by a woman who lives in Mutual 14. The phone call begins with the greeting: “Congratulations. You have been chosen to receive a free Medical Alert device.”
The calls start early in the morning and are repeated two or three more times that day.
“It has to be the most popular, or perhaps unpopular, scam attempted in Leisure World,” said the resident, who did not want her name used.
The instructions relayed were clear: “To continue, press the 5 button on your telephone, and when you finish listening to the instructions, press 1.”
After several more calls, the LWer simply stopped answering the phone, but made a note of the scammers numbers.
Of the seven calls she received, four came from Washington state, and the others from Oregon, New York and Venezuela.
David W. Terveen and Inge Hogue, who live in Mutual 2, were called by a man who claimed he represented a lottery organization and they had won a half-million dollars in a “Consumer Clearing House” lottery.
To collect the money they would have to come up with $2,500 in taxes. That amount would have been higher, the man said, but $65,000 was paid by the U.S. Gaming and Lottery Commission (USGLC).
To verify their winnings, the LW couple was given the number of the USGLC to call. “They would prove that your lottery win was accurate.”
So Mrs. Hogue made the call and was told by a man who answered: “Sure it’s accurate. I have the information right here on the screen,” he said.
Nonetheless, the she was suspicious and bypassed the “tempting” offer.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The American Legion Post 327 will present bingo games July 27 in Clubhouse 2. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and games begin at 1:30.
Initial buy-in is $2. Four special games are played at $1. Extra bingo sheets will be available.
Since games are contested on paper, players should bring their daubers. Daubers, however, are alsoavailable for purchase.
Bingo is open to all shareholders.
– Bud Sudbeck
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 the 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.
Senior Patriots for Peace
Senior Patriots for Peace will hold a peace vigil in front of the large globe outside the Leisure World Main Gate July 30, from 5-6:30 p.m.
The club holds monthly vigils to call attention to the need for a return to peace in the world with a renewed tolerance of others.
To that end, the club also focuses on issues of social justice and the environment to nuture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come.
Shareholders are invited to take a strong stand for world peace in addition to any social justice close to their hearts by joining the peace vigil for any block of time.
Signs are provided, or those who join the group may bring one of their own.
For more information, call Lucille Martin at 430-1047.
Senior Patriots for Peace
by Nancy Goldstein
Residents and guests are invited to attend the next meeting of Senior Patriots for Peace at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 in Clubhouse 4. “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,” a film by Robert Greenwald, will be screened.
Mr. Greenwald, a political activist and award-winning filmmaker, has produced and/or directed more than 65 TV movies, miniseries and films as well as major theatrical releases.
“Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” investigates the impact that U.S. drone strikes have across the globe.
It focuses on drone warfare, the loss of life, international law ,the implications for the communities located under the drones, and the resulting blowback faced by the United States.
Following the film, Jeff Merrick of Military Families Speak Out and Veterans for Peace will give a brief presentation on his experience with drones and facilitate a question-and-answer session.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world.
It 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.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin at 430-1047.