Information on three new scams came to my attention recently. They are worth looking at so you can be on alert.
The first scam is known as the "Walgreens Pharmacy" scam. Kansans have been receiving calls from someone claiming to be a Walgreens Pharmacy representative in need of Medicare beneficiaries' personal information. The caller claims the new Medicare reform requires beneficiaries to change all prescriptions to a 90-day fill. The caller then asks for the senior's Medicare number, Social Security number and birth date. In fact, Walgreens Pharmacy does not ask for such information — they already have it. Be wary of anyone who calls and requests personal information due to health care reform.
The second scam is "ObamaCare" scam. Scam artists are attempting to sell fake "ObamaCare" insurance policies. Some will come to your home. Others will tell you there is a limited enrollment period. There also is the version where scammers pose as government employees and request a senior's bank account number in order to send the $250 donut hole rebate. In fact, there is no "ObamaCare" insurance.
Third is the annual door-to-door home repairs salesmen scam. During summer months door-to-door merchants often try to sell services such as replacing roofs, paving driveways or other home repairs. These repairs get started, you pay the repairman and then he disappears. If you need repairs, get bids from local, professional businesses. Ask for references and check them.
Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m.
Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday: The Beef Empire Days parade starts at 10:30 a.m. The pool room is open in the afternoon.
Sunday: Duplicate bridge begins at 2 p.m.
Monday (Flag Day): Exercises are at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Bridge and double pinochle begin at 12:45 p.m. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.
Tuesday: USDA commodities will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon. Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizen Association Board will meet at 2 p.m.
June 16: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. USDA commodities will be distributed at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "The Calhouns." The recommended donation is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.
Lunch is served at noon.
Thursday: Lasagna, Corn O'brien, perfection gelatin salad, wheat bread, strawberries and pears.
Friday: Baked fish or chicken strips, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, wheat roll, apple crisp.
Monday: Beef tips on noodles, spinach, confetti cottage cheese, wheat bread, blushed pears.
Tuesday: Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, California blend vegetables with cheese.