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Page 6 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 The Adams County Record Cambridge Senior Chatter by ]anice Vuich Cawyer- 257-3358 .I guess I should start out by apologizing for not having a column in last week's newspaper. I had month end reports due, and between people dropping by and other interruptions, it took me 9.5 hours to get it done and sent out. That left no time for an article. I hope you can understand that there is only so much I can get done. I guess the next order of business is to tell you that I got my two-week notice from EOA on Saturday, and as of July 20th I will no longer be employed by them as your coordinator. Our board of directors is in contract negotiations with Canyon County Office on Aging (CCOA) the winning bidder of the nutrition services contract to keep funding flowing to the center. We won't know the final outcome until sometime next week, but my best guess is that Ursula (our cook) and I will see a reduction of about 40% in our hours worked, which of course translates to a pay cut. I'm already trying to figure out how I can get my job done in the allotted 12 hours per week. But the good news is that until the contracts are signed or July 20th comes around it will be business as usual. We are having a board meeting this Wednesday, July 11, to discuss the new contract followed by a membership meeting after lunch that same day to see what the members want to do. I will be calling everyone to encourage you to attend. This is, after all, your center, and your input is important. I guess in one of my last articles, I mentioned that the food clinic was changed to Monday's. i actually hit the wrong key, and it should have said the "foot" clinic has been changed to Monday's. Our next FOOT clinic will be on Monday Iuly 23rd. Appointments are needed so please call 257- 3358 to reserve your spot. This month's food pantry will be held on July 26th from 3 to 4 pm. I have heard that some people showed up after 4 and there wasn't anyone there. I know I advertised that the pantry hours were to 4:30, but if they run out of food or the flow of people stops, our volunteers close up and go home. Please come as early as you can and I will relay the message that someone needs to be there until at least 4 before they go home. Thanks for your patience. I read an article in the New York Times the other day, and I found it to be somewhat concerning. I thought I would pass the information along to you. Did you know that because hospitals are going to be penalized for readmitting patients for the same reason within a certain period of time, that they are now not "Admitting" people, but only "observing" them? Did you know If you are in the hospital for observation for 3 days and it is determined that you need to go to a nursing facility, that Medicare will not cover the costs of the nursing facility, you will have to come up with the 3 to 5 thousand dollars yourself?. Whereas, if you are "Admitted" to the hospital, Medicare will cover this expense for you, it is one of your benefits. So, a word to the wise, if you are in the hospital, be sure you know whether you are being observed or admitted. People have beefi finding out this lesson the hard way, and I wouldn't want you to be one of them. I guess this will have to do for now. Until next time, I hope you are well and happy. Scam Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning Idahoans that lottery and sweepstakes scams have taken on a new format that sounds safe, but isn't, and can lead to continued financial losses. UThese e-mail and telephone scares have been around for years, but now they've taken on a dangerous new twist involving prepaid cash cards;' Attorney General Wasden said. "Prepaid cash cards are an easy way for someone to obtain a large sum of money in short time. An Idaho resident recently lost more than $4,000 to a lottery scam using this technique. In one day, he purchased eight cards for $500 each at the same location:' In previous versions of the scam, potential victims were told they had won a large lottery or sweepstakes prize, but they would have to pay a fee or taxes in order to collect the money. Some Idahoans have sent money only to learn that there is no prize, and their money long gone. Now the perpetrators are telling Idahoans they do not need to send any money to receive the prize. Instead, Idahoans are told to purchase a prepaid cash card, (such as the Green Dot MoneyPak card commonly sold at retailers) and be ready to send it in upon receipt of the prize. All the "winner" needs to do is notify the con artist of the prepaid card's authorization code to "verify" that the consumer has the card, and then the prize will be sent to the consumer. The problem is that once the caller has the authorization code, he can collect all of the money on the card. Once the transfer is made, the money is untraceable and cannot be retrieved. The prize never comes, and the consumer has lost his or her money. "Consumers should never pay money to someone who calls them claiming they have won a prize," Attorney General Wasden said. "They also should never give a cash can:d's authorization code to anyone calling them and promising a prlze: The Green Dot Corporation has posted the following warning on its website: "Use your MoneyPak number only with businesses on our approved list. If anyone else asks for your MoneyPak number, it's probably a scam. Don't give your MoneyPak number to pay for something you buy through the classifieds or to collect a prize or sweepstakes. If you give your MoneyPak number to a criminal, Green Dot is not responsible to pay you back." Once you have given SA E I We have greatly AT appreciated all of your loyal ...."-" "-- support over these last 20 years, anti look forward to continuing to serve' the future. money to a caller in a sweepstakes scam, they do not go away. They will continue to call under a number of guises, including the FBI, IRS and Homeland Security. This practice is known as "reloading." In a reloading scam, the con artist will tell the victim not to communicate with anyone else, that they are conducting a secret investigation, and that the victim is actually in trouble for participating in an illegal lottery and money laundering. They may threaten arrest or garnishment of the victim's wages, Social Security or seizure of the victim's assets and home. The consumer is told to provide additional account or other financial information .to enable the scam artist to steal even more money from the consumer To avoid these scams, remember the following tips: Do not respond to phone calls or e-mails saying that you have won a sweepstakes or lottery. Hang up or delete immediately. Do not be fooled by generic names, like "American Sweepstakes" or "Gold Rush Sweepstakes" Never pay to receive lottery or sweepstakes winnings. Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you don't know. Only use MoneyPak with approved businesses. Never send money to a caller who claims to be a government agent. If in doubt, hang up and contact the agency. 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