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Enter to WIN Space Coast Pops Tickets BroadWay BEaT WITh Sally harT

Saturday Januar y 8, 2011 2:30 PM

Fir st Baptist Church of Mer ritt Island One winner will be drawn for a pair of tickets. Send this form with your name, address and phone number for your chance to win. Deadline to enter is Jan. 6, 2011. O ne entry per person.

Protect yourself from scams By Wendy Scheuring

“If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is,” said Assistant State Attorney Phil Archer, quoting the well-known adage. If someone contacts you about winning the lottery or sweepstakes, and, in order to collect the prize, you need to provide checking account or credit card information to pay taxes before receiving the prize, you’re probably targeted for a scam. “You never have to pay anything to collect a prize in Florida,” stresses Archer. “Never give out personal information on the telephone or on e-mail unless you know whom you are talking to.” If you have applied for a job as a mystery shopper or mystery diner or are selling something online, be wary if you receive a check for your services or product for more than the appropriate amount. Scammers send counterfeit checks for larger sums of money, and ask the payee to keep a partial amount and send back or

wire the remainder of the amount elsewhere. When the check bounces, you have to pay back the entire amount to your bank as well as any return check fees incurred. According to Archer, another scam is the “Nigerian letters” received via e-mail. You might receive an e-mail from someone stating that his relative has died, he inherited money and he needs a bank account to deposit it in. The next step is asking you to provide your bank account number. Some have reported being contacted by people offering to perform routine household chores for an upfront fee, only to take the money without performing any work. Others have dealt with shoddy workmanship or work started but not completed once some money has been paid. If you have any concerns, call 211 for Brevard County information or contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center and Elder Helpline at 321-504-2038, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t become a victim. SL

Name __________________________________________ Address/City __________________________________________ __________________________________________ Phone and Email __________________________________________ Send this entry form to: Senior Life, 7331 Office Park Place #300, Viera FL 32940

Senior life Darrell Woehler

Sue Duncan’s senior line dance group at their Christmas Party on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at the Wickham Park Senior Center in Melbourne, Fla.

The Community Services Council offers a variety of services to help you live well! Call us if you need: • Information and Referral Assistance • Seniors At Lunch — Fellowship Dining • Caregiver Support and Training • Help with Bathing and Dressing • Legal Assistance with Civil Matters • Volunteer Opportunities • Case Management • Light Housekeeping • Adult Day Care • Handyman Services • Meals on Wheels

Federal, State, and Locally funded services provided. Eligibility requirements may apply.

Private pay services available.

For more information, please call

(321) 639-8770 www.communityservicescouncil.org Community Services Council is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the Lead Agency for Senior Services in Brevard County.

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January 2011 • Senior Life

MEALS ON WHEELS Serve our community through Meals on Wheels, as a volunteer driver. Meals on Wheels delivers more than 900 meals to elderly individuals who are homebound. Volunteer opportunities are available to friendly, caring individuals able to drive one day a week, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Must have a valid driver’s license and a properly insured vehicle. Volunteers deliver much more than a meal – they provide a daily safety checks, cheerful conversation and encouragement.

To volunteer, please call (321) 639-8770, so no senior goes hungry in Brevard County.

321-757-9205

Senior Life of Florida  

An award-winning newspaper for boomers and seniors in Brevard County, Florida.

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