August 19, 2014
A very timely and informative presentation this week from Scott Mills with the Illinois State Comptroller's Office on Identity Theft and Security.
Scott told us that an estimated 12 million identities are stolen each year, including about 200,000 in Illinois. Besides identity theft, there are over 30 different categories of fraud and other complaints.
- Phishing is an attempt to acquire information such as your usernames, passwords and other personal information from e-mails posing as a trustworthy company.
- Vishing is the term used for attempts by computer automated phone calls asking you to verify account numbers and passwords.
- Smishing refers to scam text messages on your phone that try to trick you by saying you've won a prize. Once your click to claim it, you could be asked for credit/debit card information to cover shipping and handling
- Spoofing is when a false copy of a legitimate wesite or e-mail tries to mislead you.
- Wi-Fi wireless internet connections can be hacked and they can gain access to your personal information. Be sure the network you are using is secured and password protected.
Scott's other tips include making sure you are using a secure site when making transactions online. You can tell if a site is secure by looking for the letter "s" in the browser address bar. Remember http:// is NOT secure and https:// IS secure.
He also told us about tiny chips that can send signals out with your card information. These signals can be intercepted by card readers.
He advises to be aware and check your bank, debit and credit card statements for unauthorized purchases. Notify your financial institution immediately if you spot anything suspicious so your card can be cancelled and a new card issued.
(Note: Did take a picture of Scott but it didn't turn out)
We received a Distinguished Club Award for the 2012-2014 year during the District Convention last weekend and Waneen Stout was honored with an Amador Award.
Reminder: As a member of the Macomb Kiwanis Club, you are eligible for a 5 cent discount per gallon of gas at Hy Vee. Just show the cashier some sort of Kiwanis identification.
We are sponsoring a blood drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Friday, September 26th, from 2:30-6pm at Wesley Village. More details to be announced later.
Plans are being finalized for a Kiwanis Open House Tuesday, September 30th at 5:30pm in the Wesley Village Community Center. It's going to be an open event for the public to learn more about the Macomb Kiwanis Club. We'll have a slide show highlighting some of our Kiwanis activities and showing our members involved with our many Kiwanis events such as Pancake Day, Breakfast with Santa, Shopping with Santa, Salvation Army bell ringing, building the new Kiwanis playground in Chandler Park and others. You are encouraged to bring guests so they can become more familiar with our club and what we do for the kids and the community.
A special guest this week was Nicole Humbert with the law firm of March, McMillan, DeJoode and Duvall. We appreciate Nicole checking us out.
The Flags of Love will fly in Chandler Park again on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st. Jay Carter says there are 830 flags that will go up at 7am and come down at 5pm. Volunteers are needed both times.
- Tim - for the weather and great District Convention
- Susan - took the Ice Bucket Challenge and is looking forward to the Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Macomb on September 20th. Susan also passed out cards to use at Buffalo Wild Wings. 10% of your purchase will be donated back to her team.
- Ken - had a good time on vacation in Minnesota
- Jason - for a great District Convention.
Tuesday, Sept. 2 - NOON MEETING:
Program - Group raising funds to bring Agri-Science program back to Macomb High School
Tuesday, Sept. 16 - EVENING MEETING:
Program - Bill Maakestad, Al Sears Jazz Festival
Friday, Sept. 26 - Club sponsors Blood Drive for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at Wesley Village 2:30-6pm
Tuesday, Sept. 30 - Macomb Kiwanis Club Open House at Wesley Village Community Center starts at 5:30pm
Tuesday, Oct. 7 - NOON MEETING
Tuesday, Oct. 21 - EVENING MEETING
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