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Phishing scams get more sophisticated

SUN Columnist

Scammers are constantly calling and e-mailing older adults in an attempt to steal their personal information.

AARP Foundation ElderWatch has recently received an uptick in reports of some more sophisticated tactics in soliciting your financial information.

Fraud alert robocalls: you receive a voicemail message asking you to call a specific phone number to hear an important fraud announcement. If you call the number back, an automated recording tells you that your credit card has been deactivated and asks you to key in your credit card number and your card’s three-digit security code directly into the keypad in order to proceed with the call.

Fake calls from credit card fraud departments: you receive a call from a representative claiming to be with the fraud department of a major credit card company. The representative provides you with a badge number and a telephone number and already knows your address and credit card number. The representative sounds credible and leads you to believe that your card has been jeopardized, and asks you to verify the three-digit security code on the back of your card. Once the scammer has that security code, coupled with your credit card number, he’ll begin making purchases.

To protect yourself, remember to:

• Never provide personal information to someone who has contacted you unsolicited.

• Shred all documents that include personal information.

• Don’t trust caller ID — verify the identity of the caller by calling the customer service number found directly on the back of your credit card.

• Regularly review your financial statements.

Medicare open enrollment

Time is running out: Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7.

Be sure to review your Part D (drug plan) and make sure you are in the right plan for you. Not all prescription plans are the same; they are based on your drugs.

Remember, an affordable plan for your neighbor may not be the right plan for you, and could cost you more.

Our counselors are here to help you at no charge. Call 264-2167 for an appointment.

Not a taxi, but close

Your chauffeur awaits you.

Catch our door-to-door bus service with chauffeur Sam at your service and get out in the community while we do the driving.

Get to where you need to go: grocery store, doctor’s office, pharmacy, hardware store, visit a friend, lunch at Cafe Fox.

The service is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to seniors age 60-plus. Suggested donation is $2 per day.

What are you waiting for? Call for details, 264-2167.

Delivered meals 

Are you struggling to get meals prepared because you are homebound, recovering from surgery or an illness?

Let us do the cooking.

Enjoy Cafe Fox meals delivered to your door. Our hot meal, home delivery program is available four days a week to those living closer to town, with frozen meals for Thursdays and weekends. Those living farther out of town may be eligible for the frozen meal program.

Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give us a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Weekly activities

Friday, Nov. 22 — 10 a.m. Stitchin’ in the Kitchen; 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Monday, Nov. 25 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 — 12:30 p.m. gym walk; 1 p.m. Meditation for Healing.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 — 11 a.m. blood pressure checkups.

Thursday, Nov. 28 — Closed for Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 29 — Closed for Archuleta County Heritage Day.

Cafe Fox menu

All meals include our great salad bar.

Friday, Nov. 22 — Roast beef and gravy, smashed taters, green beans, almandine, whole wheat roll, brownie, ice cream.

Monday, Nov. 25 — Spinach, mushroom cheese frittata, squash, whole wheat roll, fruit cup.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Spaghetti Bolognese, seasoned green beans, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, peaches.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 — Roast turkey with gravy, salad with sunflower seeds, California mixed veggies, mashed garlic potatoes, cornbread stuffing, whole wheat roll, pumpkin bar.

Thursday, Nov. 28 — Closed.

Friday, Nov. 29 — Closed.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine at Cafe Fox. For your convenience, you can make your reservation up to one week in advance or through our website at www.archuletacounty.org, at select departments at the Senior Center, or by calling 264-2167.

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $4, guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act via the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, United Way, Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other individual donations and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $12.85. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30.

This story was posted on November 21, 2013.