Watch Out For Scams


Attention, seniors! Please be very careful in giving out personal information via computer, telephone and regular mail or in person. Last week, we received an e-mail, a message purportedly from Bank of America, beginning as follows: “In the event of providing a more secure environment for online activities, we periodically screen accounts and restrictions were placed on your account in the process, due to suspicious activities. To regain full access to your account, you are to download the attachment in this e-mail and fill in the required columns in order to restore access to your account.”

The very authentic looking communication went on for several more paragraphs. It immediately raised doubt in my mind and I tried calling Bank of America but got only computerized response, so the following day, we took the letter to our local B of A.  Personal Banker Linda Lessard immediately looked up our account and assured us there were no restrictions or suspicious activities on it. We concluded it was a phishing expedition to gain information illegally about our account.   

Scammers are everywhere these days. Never respond to similar communications until you have double-checked the source.

Plastic wrap

Do you, like many of us, have problems with plastic food wrap, especially in getting it cut without bunching up, scratching yourself on the saw edge or getting it wrapped around your hand? I never endorse specific products, but here is one too good not to share. Our daughter from Southern California was visiting recently and she brought an unusual gift. It is called “Stretch-tite Plastic Food Wrap” and rather than a cover cutting-edge, it has a slide cutter similar to a zip lock. I had never seen that particular type of product before, but after a week of using it, I wouldn’t ever go back to fighting with other unwieldy wraps.

2013 is half over already! Where does the time go? We will be cooking Thanksgiving turkey and buying Christmas presents before we know it. After this weekend, the hours of daylight will begin to shorten. Summer’s long, golden evenings will be with us for some time yet, so get outside and enjoy them while they last.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19 at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. The meeting is open to family and caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients. No reservations are necessary.

Members’ June birthdays will be observed June 20 at noon at the Center. Menu for the day is turkey a la king, whole wheat biscuit, seasoned spinach, apple crisp and beverage. The Anything Goes band will provide musical entertainment. Advance lunch reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 474-4876.

The Old Time Music Makers play the old favorites in the Center Dining Room from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 24. All are welcome to attend.

Vocal and guitar music by a performer new to the Senior Center by the name of Just N’ Case Music will be performed beginning at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 25 in the Center Dining Room. Come in, listen to the music and get acquainted with another of Payson’s talented musicians.

Country and Western Dance Lessons are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Center. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.

A full schedule of Senior Center July events and lunch menus are available during the month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the Center Lobby.


If you are a Senior Circle member and using the ScripSave medication discount program, did you know that medications for your pet or pets might also be covered? For information, call your Senior Circle Advisor at (928) 472-9290 or visit the Web site at

The Payson Public Library’s Rim Country Readers July meeting will feature Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.” All Rim Reader meetings are open to the public. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. (A personal note: I may attend this meeting as our daughter has hiked many miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.)

Volunteers are needed at Payson Community Kids! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call (928) 478-7160 or e-mail

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