Watch Your Step

‘Minutes’ cellphone scam fails on ex-LWer

by Jim Breen

staff writer


Lou Eversmeyer, a former shareholder and president of Mutuals 9 and 16, dropped by Watch Your Step during a visit to Leisure World with news of a scam.

Now a resident of New Mexico, Mr. Eversmeyer received a message on his cellphone that he exceeded his allotted minutes and was ordered to pay $100. He was given a number to call and told to respond ASAP.

Two days later, another message arrived, but this time, the former LWer was told he owned $200.

Now suspicious, he visited the local AT&T store and was told that he had unlimited minutes and owned them nothing.

Mr. Eversmeyer was anxious to alert residents about the scam.


A Mutual 2 resident was alarmed by a recent phone call from a man with a heavy accent regarding “security issues” on her Apple computer. To help, he offered to “get into your computer” and fix the problem.

The LWer told the man that she needed more information.

“But we need to do this right away,” he said

“He was almost breathless, and very anxious to proceed,” she said.

With that, the woman hung up.

A first-time recipient of a scam call, she was surprised to learn that the hoax has been attempted on many other residents over the last 12-18 months.


A shareholder was concerned by a recent email from titled “Your three recent (credit) scores may have changed.” “View the link” leads directly to a request for personal information: name, street and email addresses, and how long have you lived at your current address.

Once completed, a second page pops up with a request for more information that’s far more personal: Social Security number and date of birth.

As the shareholder said, “It may not be a scam, but I am reluctant to submit my SS number to just anyone.”

Well said.


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.


Investment Forum

Next meeting is Dec. 10 in CH3

The Leisure World Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m., Dec. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The topic will be the year in review.

Market performance in 2013 will be critiqued and key events and their influence on the markets will be discussed. The outlook for 2014 will also be covered.

For more information, contact David Gutterman or Larry T. Pino at (949) 502-8525.


Phil-Am Club

Members, guests enjoy early Thanksgiving celebration

The Phil-Am Social Club celebrated its 13th annual Thanksgiving party Nov. 23, in Clubhouse 3.

President Joseph Chavez opened the festivities by welcoming guests and members.

That was followed with an invocation, blessing of the food and dinner.

Traditional turkey with all the trimmings, as well as ham and assorted desserts and drinks, were enjoyed.

For entertainment, selected members presented a program that included games, a narration of the history of Thanksgiving, karaoke, singing solos and duets.

Line dancing drew enthusiastic members and guests to the dance floor.

The party was considered to be a major success.

– Pete Tupas


Legion Auxilary

Ladies keeping busy with early holiday shopping

The ladies of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 have been busy shopping for Christmas for 16 families at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.

They are also busy selling Carl’s Jr. coupon books as a fund-raiser.

All proceeds will benefit local veterans groups. The books are $5 each.

To get one, call Jean Lamm at 430-4488 or Sandy Esslinger at 430-2891.


Call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209 or Mary Wiens at 493-1407 to make reservations for the Christmas luncheon Dec.16 at noon in Clubhouse 4.

–Sandy Esslinger



New officers to be voted on at meeting today

by Joan Shramek

LW contributor


Children a Priority (CAP) will meet today, Thursday, in Clubhouse 4. New officers to be voted on include Dona Nickles, president; Fay Cummings, vice president; Juanita Townsend, treasurer; and Lynn Leider, secretary.

They will be installed Jan. 9 by Shirley Reimers.

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 a.m., followed by a catered lunch at noon and the program at approximately 12:45.

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.



Luncheon set for tomorrow in Clubhouse 2

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) of Leisure World will hold a luncheon at noon tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 2.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Sue Grimsley at 431-3083.

The cost is $12 a person for the buffet lunch provided by the Soup Plantation.

The propram will be a continuation of William Quemada’s trip to Great Britain.

All shareholders are invited to attend.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m.

– Dorothy Geisler

Y Service Club

Music planned at holiday party Dec.11 in CH3

The Y Service Club will host a Christmas party on Dec. 11 in Clubhouse 4.

The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and will include wine and appetizers, followed by a catered dinner.

Musicians will play the cello and piano.

Guests by invitation only will pay $15 at the door.

– Trish Geddes


For Your Information

Caregivers and visitors are not permitted to use the swimming pool, golf course, or exercise room. These facilities are for the use of shareholders/homeowners only.


LW Statistics from October

The following is a partial list of the incident reports from last month as provided by the LW Gates and Patrol Dept.


October 2013

Paramedic responses, 121; CARE responses, 78; Seal Beach Police Dept. responses, 116; street sweeper, 1; miscellaneous resident services, 1,481; decals issued, 475; Social Service incidents/ lost residents 12; lockouts, 64; traffic accidents 13; pet citations, 6; traffic citations issued, 239; incoming vehicles screened at LW gates, 241,819.


10-8 Mutual 15 3:22 p.m.

A pot left cooking on the stovetop began to smoke, activating the alarm. The fire dept. responded.

10-8 Mutual 8 2:10 p.m.

A caregiver set the oven to “clean,” but was unable to open the door. Smoke caused the smoke alarm to activate. The fire department responded.

10-10 Mutual 6 4:47 p.m.

A sandwich burning in a toaster oven caused excessive smoke in an apartment.

10-23 Mutual 3 9:20 p.m.

A member left a pan cooking on the stove and left the apartment, which filled with smoke.

10-28 Mutual 1 9:25 a.m.

An electrical fire occurred in a fan above a stovetop. The fire department responded.



10-5 Mutual 3 5 p.m.

A black plastic cover over a barbecue was missing from a patio.

10-10 Mutual 8 7:40 a.m.

Two, locked bicycles and a cordless impact gun were taken from a side patio of an apartment. A police report was filed.

10-12 Clubhouse 4 12:35 p.m.

A used chain saw was taken from the back of a vehicle that was in the parking lot.

10-18 Mutual 4 12:45 p.m.

A bag with a variety of gold jewelry and other items was taken from a closet while an apartment was being remodeled. Police responded.

10-29 Mutual 15 1:30 p.m.

A folding cart stored in a carport was taken.

10-29 Mutual 1 5:05 p.m.

A shopping cart with wheels was taken from a carport.


10-13 Mutual 17 12:40 p.m.

A storage door was forced open, but nothing was taken.

10-16 Clubhouse 6 1:44 p.m.

A member found two flat tires on her car with small punctures. Police responded.

10-29 Mutual 7 3:20 p.m.

A member reported a small puncture in a tire on her car, which was last parked by Clubhouse 6.


10-16 Amphitheater 8:52 p.m.

While backing up a patrol vehicle struck the corner of a short wall. There was no damage to the wall or vehicle.

10-17 Health Care Center 9:35 a.m.

While attempting to park, the driver of a cart struck and knocked over a waste bin.

10-17 Mutual 17 3:05 p.m.

A vehicle backing from a parking space struck a LW bus that was traveling on Del Monte Drive.

10-18 Mutual 1 12:15 p.m.

When turning into a carport space, a vehicle struck a car parked in the adjacent carport space.

10-18 Mutual 2 2 p.m.

A vehicle parked on the street was sideswiped causing damage along driver’s side. It was a hit-and-run.

10-19 Mutual 6 10 a.m.

A vehicle struck the support pole while leaving a carport space.

10-22 Main Gate 6:45 p.m.

A vehicle entered from the wrong traffic lane. As the driver started backing up to change lanes, it struck a vehicle behind it.

10-23 Mutual 5 11:40 a.m.

A vehicle traveling around a carport struck a parked truck.

10-24 Mutual 5 noon

A vehicle parked on the street was hit by a second car, a hit-and-run.

10-25 HCC 3:30 p.m.

A vehicle drove past a road closed sign, then struck vehicles parked in an alley behind the building.

10-26 Mutual 12 6:30 p.m.

A driver opened the door of their vehicle to exit, and the door hit a car traveling on the street.

10-26 Mutual 8 6:30 a.m.

A driver backing from a carport struck a vehicle parked on the street.

10-27 Mutual 12 7:36 p.m.

A vehicle parked on the street overnight was struck by another car, knocking off the driver’s side mirror, a hit-and-run.



10-1 Mutual 2 9:25 a.m.

A member’s daughter reported her father was verbally abusive to her mother and their caregiver. Police responded.

10-2 Mutual 3 9 a.m.

While escorting a caregiver to get her belongings, the officer found another caregiver and her boyfriend in the bedroom. Police responded due to an odor of marijuana in the apartment.

10-2 Mutual 1 4:10 p.m.

A member said a man came to her door to replace the tile. She did not request this and he left. She called Maintenance to verify that there was no order for such work.

10-3 Mutual 7 11:30 a.m.

A paper clip was stuck in the lock of a camper that was parked on the street for unloading. Police responded.

10-4 Mutual 12 3:55 p.m.

A contractor was parked in the red zone and on the sidewalk, a repeat occurrence.

10-6 Mutual 5 7 p.m.

A woman using a mobility walker was lost and walking in the traffic lanes at the Main Gate. She was later identified as a resident of Country Villa.

10-6 Mutual 1

A member was concerned that another member was going to hit her with his cane. She tries to avoid the member at all times.

10-7 Mutual 7 p.m.

A member said that a pit bull, restrained on a leash, lunged toward him. The dog’s owner was on a scooter.

10-7 Mutual 2 8:05 p.m.

A member’s sons were in a physical confrontation that moved from the unit onto the yard. Police responded and arrested one of the sons for assault.

10-8 Mutual 12 11:50 a.m.

A caregiver was counseled about not doing personal laundry in the laundry room. The member said that a director harasses his caregiver about it.

10-8 Mutual 3 1:35 p.m.

A member was walking her dog on a leash when another member dropped her dog’s leash, and her dog attacked the first dog.

10-9 Mutual 2 9:10 a.m.

The OC Sheriff presented a court order to a member at her apartment.

10-10 Mutual 6 8:30 a.m.

An officer was dispatched to assist a member with a dispute between a caregiver and a cleaning person.

10-10 Mutual 11 8:25 p.m.

A member and the son of another member were in a physical altercation by a carport. Police responded.

10-13 Mutual 3 3:05 p.m.

An American flag was not displayed correctly and did not have a light on it at night.

10-13 Mutual 5 5:10 p.m.

A member fell near the St. Andrews Gate. Her daughter put her in a vehicle and left without assistance.

10-15 Mutual 7 3:50 p.m.

A member called police to report a telephone scam.

10-16 Mutual 5 10:15 a.m.

An unauthorized visitor’s truck was parked on the street. Police responded.

10-16 Mutual 7 4:30 p.m.

A member wanted the concrete by his patio and sidewalk in front of the apartment repaired.

10-18 Mutual 14 11:35 a.m.

Two girls were distributing flyers. Their father, who was driving them, was located and they were escorted from LW.

10-18 Mutual 3 2:20 p.m.

A member said another member walks her dog and allows it to urinate on her lawn. When she spoke to the woman she shouted at her.

10-18 Mutual 2 1:10 p.m.

A member, not authorized to be in the community, was attempting to enter the apartment. Police responded.

10-19 Mutual 11 10:20 a.m.

A woman attempted to pet another member’s dog, which bit her. Animal Control was notified.

10-19 Mutual 4 2:30 p.m.

A member had a confrontation with a director after the director pointed out that the Member’s dog was not on a leash.

10-19 Mutual 15 2:56 p.m.

A caregiver frequently parks in a carport space. An officer explained the carport parking policy, and asked her to park only on the street.

10-20 Mutual 15 6 p.m.

A member said a young man entered her apartment and called out “Grandma, grandma,” then left. She reported such incidents in the past.

10-21 Mutual 12 4:24 p.m.

A contractor reported a member calling to borrow money, an on-going occurrence.

10-22 Mutual 8 9:05 a.m.

An officer assisted as an OC Sheriff served a court order at an apartment.

10-22 Mutual 14 11:45 a.m.

Loud music was reported playing during the night.

10-24 Mutual 3 4:50 p.m.

A member was upset that a neighbor allowed her dog to urinate on her yard. When she spoke to the neighbor she replied by cursing.

10-24 Mutual 2 6:25 p.m.

A television playing in an adjoining bedroom disturbs a member. An officer showed the neighbor how to use her remote to reduce the sound.

10-25 Mutual 1 5:28 p.m.

A couple was reported to be fighting. Police responded to the on-going situation with assistance from an OC mental health worker.

10-25 Mutual 1 7:16 p.m.

An officer assisted with a domestic dispute. Police responded.

10-26 Mutual 12 4:10 p.m.

A member observed a neighbor knocking on doors to ask for money, an on-going situation.

10-26 Mutual 2 9:40 p.m.

A process server man was observed jumping over a gate, attempting to serve papers. Police responded.

10-28 Mutual 3 8:15 p.m.

A member was struck by her son who was staying with her. Police responded and counseled the member.

10-29 Mutual 4 12:33 p.m.

A member reported footprints on his bedroom floor. The apartment had been locked and secured when he left.

10-30 Mutual 8 12:40 p.m.

An older model vehicle was leaking gasoline. The owner was contacted, and he moved the vehicle from LW.

10-31 Mutual 8 2:33 a.m.

A member was found disoriented in Pasadena. Gates and Patrol personnel assisted the police in locating relatives who picked her up.