Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Mildred Lykens, 365-0060
This week I personally received an email that stated that I was in trouble with the IRS and that I was facing a financial penalty.
As I am on Social Security and was told that I was exempt from ever paying again, I hadn't paid in a couple of years so I felt the edge of panic creep in.
I told you a couple of weeks ago that there are scammers out there so I decided to make a few phone calls and verify my plight. After a couple of hours of being tossed around from one department to another I finally found myself talking to a real person and she convinced me that it is a fraud and I am to just delete the email without opening it further, and that she had had at least a half dozen similar calls already.
As I stated earlier in this column, they prey on us gullible people so don't let yourself get suckered into opening one too many windows of their email. It could be a virus for your computer or those seeking monetary gain at your expense. So continue to be aware, cautious and by all means make those phone calls.
The Sundowners RV Club met for its monthly dinner at Bob's Texas T-Bone in Rufus. All are looking forward to the weather changing so that they can finally get their RVs out to have the first campout of the year next month.
The United Methodist Church is still offering a personal essential package each third Saturday of the month. The Hope Project is from 10 a.m. to noon at the corner of 4th and Klickitat streets. A family package containing items such as toothpaste, bar soap, toilet paper, deodorant etc., is available at no charge, with no questions asked.
While some Game Night participants are in the process of building a giant world globe of papier-mache to be later weatherized and placed outside, others are playing cards or tackling a challenging jigsaw puzzle. Pizza and juice top off the evening. Photos can be found on Facebook under Lyle Game Night. Check it out and then come and join in on the fun, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lyle Activity Center; 3rd and Klickitat St.