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    The Newsletter of the Fairfield Senior CenterVolume 21, Number 1 January, 2012

    fairfieldsenior times services and support for fairfield’s older adults

    There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch—at Least Not on Thursdays Center’s Lunch Program Cut Back to Four Days a Week

    How to Avoid Email “Phishing” Scams When internet fraudsters imperson- ate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Don't reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial informa- tion. Don’t click on links within them either—even if the message seems to be from an organization you trust. It isn’t. Legitimate businesses don’t ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels. Examples of Phishing Messages You open an email or text, and see a message like one of these:

    u "We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your iden- tity."

    u "During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn't verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your in- formation."

    u “Our records indicate that your account was overcharged. You must call us within 7 days to re- ceive your refund.”

    The senders are phishing for your per- sonal information so they can use it to commit fraud. Seniors are particularly susceptible to such scams, largely be- cause of their trusting natures.

    How to Deal with Phishing Scams

    Delete email and text messages that ask you to confirm or provide person- al information (credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, etc.). Legitimate companies don't ask for this informa- tion via email or text.

    The messages may appear to be from organizations you do business with —banks, for example. They might threaten to close your account or take other action if you don’t respond.

    Don’t reply, and don’t click on links or call phone numbers provided in the message, either. These messages di- rect you to spoof sites—sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information so a scammer can run up bills or commit crimes in your name.

    Area codes can mislead, too. Some scammers ask you to call a phone number to update your account or ac- cess a non-existent "refund." But a local area code doesn’t guarantee that the caller is local.

    If you’re concerned about your ac- count or need to reach an organization you do business with, call the number printed on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card. What You Can Do You can take the following steps to avoid a phishing attack:

    The lunch programs at four regional senior Centers—Fairfield, Bridge- port, Stratford and Trumbull—have been cut back from five to four days a week. Lunch time coffee service was also discontinued as a further econo- my measure. It is a bitter irony indeed that the cutbacks began in December, traditionally a season of giving, and that Thursday, the day of greatest de- mand, was designated as “lunchless.”

    The program for the greater Bridge- port region is administered by the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) using federal funds authorized under the terms of Title III, the Older Americans Act, and state funds through the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Food Services are furnished under contract by CW Resources, a private, not-for- profit organization based in New Brit- ain.

    Each lunch costs about $7.00 and each Center asks its clients to donate $2.00 to help defray the cost of the meal and service. The fact is that many seniors, do not or cannot contribute even this modest amount.

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    “Phishing” Scams Lunch CutbackFrom page 1 From page 1

    The Great Blizzard of ‘88

    u Use trusted security software and set it to update automatically.

    u Don't email personal or financial

    information. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information.

    u Only provide personal or financial information through an organiza- tion's website if you typed in the web address yourself and you see signals that the site is secure, like a URL that begins https (the "s" stands for secure). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some phishers have forged security icons.

    u Review credit card and bank ac- count statements as soon as you receive them to check for unau- thorized charges. If your state- ment is late by more than a couple of days, call to confirm your bill- ing address and account balances.

    u Be cautious about opening at- tachments and downloading files from emails, regardless of who sent them. These files can contain viruses or other malware that can weaken your computer's security.

    Report Phishing Emails Forward phishing emails to [email protected] and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email. You also may report phishing email to [email protected] The Anti-Phishing Work- ing Group, a group of ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, uses these re- ports to fight phishing.

    If you might have been tricked by a phishing email, file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at www. Also visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Iden- tity Theft website. Victims of phish- ing could become victims of identity theft; there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.

    — Bishop John H. Vincent

    A RESOLVE For Every Morning

    of the New Year

    I will this day try to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discon- tent, anxiety, discour- agement, impurity and self-seeking, cultivating cheerfulness, magna- nimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence, ex- ercising economy in ex- penditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fi- delity to every trust and a child-like trust in God.

    According to Marie L. Allen, Execu- tive Director of SWCAA, “Funding for the nutrition program remains stagnant against a backdrop of in- creasing food and transportation costs and rising demand.”

    The 2012 contract with CW Resourc- es amounts to $432,636 for the great- er Bridgeport region which includes 10 meal sites in Bridgeport and sur- rounding towns. Of this amount, ap- proximately 74% comes from Federal funds and 26% from state funds.

    The decision as to how to cut the lunch program back with minimal impact was made by Steve Sutcliffe, director of Food Services for CW Resources. He told the Times: “We had a couple of ways to go and chose to close once per week versus staying open all five days and then suspending the program (close all five days and no meals for anyone) from August, 2012 through

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    From March 11 to March 15 of 1888, snowfalls of 40-50 inches fell in Con- necticut, and sustained winds of over 45 miles produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet. Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. This picture, taken by Roderick P. Curtis, is thought to be of Harbor Road, Southport, in the area of the Curtis residence.

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    January 6th — Mrs. Miracle (2009)  James Van Der Beek, Erin Karpluk, Doris Roberts—This charming family film, based on Debbie Macomber’s popular novel, tells the story of bereft widower Seth Webster, whose unruly 6-year-old twins are taken in hand by a nanny they dub Mrs. Miracle. Nanny quickly becomes chef, friend, matchmaker and irreplaceable. Could she be the Webster family’s guardian angel? 90 minutes.

    At the Movies IN January

    Every Friday at 12:15


    January 13th — The Accidental Husband (2008)  Uma Thurman, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Colin Firth—Radio talk show host Emma Lloyd (Thurman), a sensible woman with the right career and the right fiancé (Colin Firth), discovers she’s already married to a carefree fireman (Morgan), her polar opposite, who she’s never met. The confusion causes her re-examine all of her life choices, including her impending marriage. 90 minutes.

    January 20th — The Change-Up (2011)  Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde—Following a drunken night out together, Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave’s (Bateman) worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and freak out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. 112 minutes.

    The Are You OK Program is an electronic reassurance system started in 1998 for the elderly, handicapped or homebound to help assure their well-being and safety. This program allows you to register with the Fairfield Po- lice Department to receive an automated phone call at you residence each day at a prede- termined time. If you don’t an- swer, the robot caller will make a second attempt. If you still don’t answer, a police officer will be dispatched to your residence to check on you.

    This program is free. You can pick up an application at the po- lice department or the Senior Center. You can also download the application from the police department’s website. Visit: and click “Com- munity Programs.”

    January 27th — Larry Crowne (2011) 