An area woman, who asked not to be identified, wants to warn other area residents about a scam she recently experienced.
But, she didn’t fall for it.
She told me in a telephone conversation she had recently received a phone call from a man indicating he was from Publisher’s Clearing House.
“I played along with him,” she said. “He knew I was a widow and said I won $5,000 a week for life. Then he wanted to know who I would give it to and asked me some other information about myself, but I gave him a fictitious name and address. We were on the phone for 20 to 25 minutes.”
He said the man put her on “hold,” at one point, indicating he was calling the IRS, and returned to the phone. “You will need to pay $1,499 to get a registration fee and we’ll deliver it this afternoon.”
It was then that the woman called the sheriff’s department, and she was told to hang up on the caller the next time.
“I called him [the caller] back, and he answered, ‘Publisher’s Clearing House,’ and I told him, ‘You give me the $5,000 first,’ and hung up on him,” she said. “I’m 93 years old and glad I got my brains about me and not fall for that crap.”
She is concerned, however, that other people will fall for it and wants area residents to know what she experienced, hoping they don’t.
Kudos goes out to that lady.
• The next Treaty City Seniors dance will be Feb. 13 at the VFW Post on North Ohio Street in Greenville. Dancing is from 1 to 4 p.m. with Tom Everhart serving as deejay.
• Ansonia American Legion’s next all-you-can eat fish fry is Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8. The Legion will also be hosting a Super Bowl Party with a chili cook-off on Sunday.
• The second annual ball drop bonanza is set for Feb. 11, after the boys home varsity basketball game in the Ansonia High School gym. Tickets are one for $10 or three for $25. Sponsored by the Ansonia Athletic Boosters, the grand prize is $500. Second prize if $250 and third prize is $100.And, there will be seven other prizes with 10 chances to win. Tickets can be purchased at any home varsity boys basketball game and by calling 337-5141.
• Ansonia United Methodist Church will be showing the movie, “Woodlawn,” on Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s a free movie with popcorn.
• The Ansonia Volunteer Firemen’s fourth annual Fireman’s Dance is set for 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Eldora Ballroom, New Weston. Karma’s Pawn will entertain.
Happy birthday to:
• Feb. 8 to Shad Sebring (40), Chad Easterling, Kensley Brown, Marilyn Erwin, Greg Kimmel, Norma Gard, Nathan Eagle, Shawna Stachler, Teri Small, Kelly Byrum, Reece Everman, Chuck Gasper, Chuck Langenkamp and Charles Stump.
• Feb. 9 to Randy Byrd (60), Randy Swisher, Sidney Staver, Bill Brown, John Tabler, Kylie Hathaway, Shelly Soward, Tim Summers, Mikc Boltin and Richard Grow.
• Feb. 10 to Gary Scanlon, Shawn Hall, Elvin Fourman, Pauline Cox and Butch Widener.
• Feb. 11 to Kris Riffell, Becca Riffle (20), Angie Clouse Westfall and Gary Young.
• Feb. 12 to Dan Norton (60), Soni Smith, Kevin Schlechty, Terri Schlechty, Mary Klosterman Whittington (80), Kellen Amspaugh, Steven L. Anthony and Bruce Rindler.
• Feb. 13 to Ivalou Crossley (94), Norman Miller (82), Ann Palmer and Nancy Camacho, Tim Rhoades, Art Fischer and Alyssa Henderson.
• Feb. 14 to Chris Young, Sherry Benge, Butch Amspaugh and Michelle Good.
Happy anniversary to Roger and Marlene Riffell on Feb. 8; Donn and Charlene Thornhill on Feb. 9; Ed and Shelba Kelly on Feb. 11; Steve and Larissa Cunningham on Feb. 12; Angie and Dave Westfall on Feb. 13; and Brad and Cindy Horsley, Dennis and Nina Barga and Elaine and Butch Ampaugh, all on Feb. 14.
Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Steve Cunningham, Stacy Dorko, Carl Francis, Evan Boggs, Rhonda Rodeheffer Rismiller, Shirley Miller, Roger Flory, Albert Duncan, Jack Good, Bill Duncan, Darla Bowman Miller, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Rosemary Goodpaster Wetzel, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Tom Hawkins, Greg Moody, Connie Apple, Jodie Glick, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Scott and Judy Stahl, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Tracy Bailey, Shannon Peters Hall, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Al Bliss, Tim King, Gary Poor, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Shirley Mead, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Kathy Magoto,
Also, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch and Bill Schuette.
And, pray for all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases, and may God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.
Jamie and I sincerely extend our condolences to the families of: William McClure, Janet Headley, Connie Fourman, Glen Craig, Florence Bixler, Linda Daugherty and Don Newbauer.
Think about it: “He who angers you, controls you.” — Unknown
Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Saturday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.