Psychology of the scam was meeting topic

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By June Roberta

On April 23, a discussion on The Psychology of the Scam, was given by Kevin Lezian and Jonathan E. Grabe of Comprehensive Financial LLC. It’s a registered investment firm. At no time did the presenters try to sell anything. They spent the hour giving good general information. Many asked personal questions which were answered fully.

All the “students” were given a folder filled with information and a pen to jot down additional information.  The impression is that gullible, not too bright and uninformed people are those most susceptible to scams. Not true!

Instead, they are people with above average financial knowledge, above average income, college educated, self reliant, optimistic, and open to new ideas.

Scam artists are masters of persuasion. They are good at knowing what “hot button” to push to gain your compliance.

These are some scam tactics they use. They suggest unusually high rates of return. Many infiltrate service and social clubs, religious organizations, neighborhood clubs, etc. Then they claim to be “one of us.”

Another tactic is to offer a small favor or gift with the expectation of a much more significant favor or gift. 

Another way is to create a false sense of urgency. They claim that “supplies are limited” or that an artificial deadline exists.

When buying securities and investments, ask for the seller’s CRD (Central Record Depository) number. It’s important to make sure you only buy registered securities. Hedge funds are not.

Master the Possibilities

Once again, our Master the Possibilities life-long learning program comes up with over a dozen ways you can continue to grow and have fun! There’s a variety of art, computer, health and wellness, local history culinary and film classes that commence next week! I’m told that more than 3,000 of your neighbors and friends have discovered this center and enrollments are soaring. You don’t want to miss out on this year ‘round education program geared toward adults and right here in your backyard. All are welcome to attend! (And while you’re there, have a cup of coffee at the Yalaha Bakery Coffee Shop!)

Planting Your Yard for Butterflies

The Native Plant Group invites interested OTOW residents to their May 13 meeting at 1:45 p.m. in Suite H of the Arbor Conference Center. Sandra Marraffino will show with a PowerPoint presentation how she planted her yard for butterflies. For further information, please call Margitta at 873-0731.

Cultural Center

The Lettermen will be entertaining on Saturday, May 16. Their first hit single, “The Way You Look Tonight”, succeeded on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, and their next, “When I Fall in Love”, reached the Top 10 in late 1962. Some of their other hits were “Goin’ Out of My Head” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”. They will be singing good, quality, and positive harmony music that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets start at $16.

Entertainment Group announces their 2009-10 Show Series

Many residents over time have requested if the group could present a Sunday afternoon show.

The group has listened and they kick off the new series with a Sunday, October 25, 2:30 p.m. show!

Appearing direct from the hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, Tony Bottoni brings his “Ultimate Entertainment” show to OTOW.

In other business: Bottoni is called a triple-treat entertainer: crooner, comedian, and impressionist. Songs from country to Sinatra, comedy that will make you laugh till you cry. Don’t be surprised to see Inspector Clousseau, Red Fox, Lt. Columbo, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones or even Bill Clinton might come out from backstage!

Opening the show is singer John Timpoelli. John brings music from Broadway, classical to contemporary. On top of his singing, he has often-famous characters lurking behind his vocal chords.

John has had the opportunity to open for such stars as Lou Rawls, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, and Shirley Jones.

Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m., The Entertainment Group will present the most unique show ever brought to the OTOW stage. The Ditchfield Family Singers, as they perform “A Little Bit of Christmas and a lot More.”

Referred to as the American version of Austria’s Trapp Family Singers (Sound of Music), led by parents, Stephen and Bernice, the cast spans four generations of the family.

A feature of the show is the My Three SonsQuartet.

The Ditchfields provide an unforgettable entertainment experience singing popular music of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s and show stoppers from Broadway.

The audience will be delighted with the costumes, carols and Yuletide holiday favorites in the Christmas portion of the show.

The Ditchfields will create a real holiday spirit.

Saturday evening, January 30, promises to be a wild evening in the OTOW ballroom.

“Branson (Harley Worthit) meets Quebec” (Robbie Carson) on the OTOW stage.

Harley is the wildest comic you will ever see with his many crazy antics, faces and comedy routine.

For those of you that saw him perform two years ago (Branson Meets Nashville) show will agree why he is acclaimed the number one comic in Branson. His most recent gig was at the Jim Stafford Theater in Branson.

For those who are fashion conscious in the audience, the price of the ticket is worth seeing his outlandish costumes.

Sharing the stage with Harley from Quebec is song stylist Robbie Carson. This talented vocalist offers a variety of songs from Standards to Jazz and Doo Wop not to mention an international touch that will charm the audience.

Her performance will make you travel for a brief time and bring back good memories.

Branson meets Quebec at 7:30 p.m. and OTOW may never be the same.

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. the Entertainment Group is responding to “bring ‘em back.” “Bring ‘em Back” is what the Group heard from the audience leaving the ballroom upon conclusion of last February’s appearance of the tremendous show, Re-Creation.

This is the group of young people cited as “America’s Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans” by providing the only national program of therapeutic entertainment to VA Medical Centers for more than 25 years.

Their new show for the 2010 Season is “LOVE”, the single greatest inspiration of popular music!

A fabulous new show featuring your favorite songs presented in a flurry of dance and excitement. The Glow of Gershwin, Swingin’ Sounds of Love, The Lovin’ 60’s Motown, Family Love (The Osmonds, The Bee Gees, The Carpenters, The Everly Brothers to name a few “Family Singers”) and, of course, Chapel of Love. Those great songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

And, of course, their grand finale “American Pride” where they pay tribute and thanks to all the veterans in the audience. The cast calls them “America’s Heroes”.

By all concerned presenting this show is OTOW’s way of helping support this group of young people as they bring joy to all those in VA Medical Centers across the country.

Closing the Entertainment Group’s 2009-10 Show Series, Girl and Gurl Productions present an exhilarating evening of American Music “Over The Rainbow” Saturday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

From Judy Garland to George Gershwin to Jimmy Buffet and more! Starring pianist and vocalist extraordinaire, Brian Gurl, entertainer and singing sensation, Judy Alexander, who has a blend of Vickie Carr, Liza Minnelli, and Judy Garland.

All backed up by a very classy, jazzy four-piece combo. Over the Rainbow offers a dynamic, exciting journey into Americana.

This is the third appearance for a Gurl and Girl production. You may remember Laughing with the Legends where Joey Gurl did her impression of Lucy selling “Vitameatavegamin”.

In fact, Brian Gurl has indicated Joey just might make a guest appearance!!

And who can forget their latest show at OTOW “Pizzazz” with Ski, the violinist/fiddle wizard with his fantastic impersonation of Jack Benny.

What a Show to close out the 2009-10 series.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.