CNOtes – July 9, 2019 – Sheriff Rob Streck – Identity Theft and Scams

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father there are times when I’m reminded of the early
morning prayer that thanks You for being close to me this day. With
Your help I haven’t lost my temper, been grouchy, impatient, judge
mental or envious of anyone.  But, I’ll be getting out of bed in a minute and I think I’ll really need You help then. I think we all have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed at one time or another. Which is only one of the ways, the devil has to sneak into our life. Lord we know our life is going to have some mean bumps along the way. Help us stay close to You, so together, we can iron out some of the meanest ones. We’ve been out of bed now for a while this morning and the day look great. Thank You Lord! Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Marilyn Abbott Carrie Million
Kate Bostdorff Mike Bevis
Bill Brandewie Carolyn Taylor
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Joe Fanelli Mike Fanelli
Laura Filaseta Mike Bevis
Jerry Gebhards Marge Back
Nikki Hammes Donna Huss
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither
Dylan Melling Paul Stull
Christine Sheriff’s Dept Speaker Guest
Sheriff Rob Streck Speaker
Angie Tapogna Renee Glenn
Frank Weikel Jayne Weikel
Sarah Williams Donna Huss

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Donation to Hannah’s Treasure Chest

President Donna Huss presented a check for $5100.00 to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Accepting the check were Sarah Williams, the Executive Director, and Nikki Hammes, the development director.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at St Leonard Center’s Station House Restaurant
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/xx/2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus. Date to be determined.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday to Joe Kronenberger

Today was Joe Kronenberger’s birthday! Charlie Tapp led us in singing Happy Birthday to Joe. The love was genuine, but the singing was genuinely terrible.

Committee Announcements

Joan Cordonnier announced there were 1120 participants in the 5k race on July 4 this year. Thank you to all the volunteers for another successful year.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament is sold out. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. They are still accepting volunteers and donations.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be July 18, 2019 at Chappy’s and the guest speaker will be Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group.

Bob Lawson announced he needs help on August 3, 2019 with our booth at the Kid’s Optimist Day in the Park in Kettering.

Identity Theft and Scams Presentation by Rob Streck

Donna Huss introduced Montgomery County Sheriff, Rob Streck. Rob’s presentation covered various financial scams and identity theft.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regional dispatch center took over 2400 calls last year involving financial scams. Over half of scam victims are over 70 years old. Financial scams are also called “Senior Scams”.

There is a difference between Immoral and Illegal scams. About 2/3 of elder fraud cases fall outside of being considered criminal activity. Annually there are over $39 billion in losses.

Example Financial Scams

Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams: You would think no one would fall victim to them. Many people fall for this because they are in a desperate financial position. An example of this scam is when a victim receives a letter saying you have won $5 million, but first they need you to send $10 thousand to cover fees or taxes. It states after they receive the $10 thousand your winnings will be released. Rob reminded us to never wire money to a stranger. No fee would ever be charged for winning a sweepstake or lottery, and taxes would not be charged before you received your winnings.

Grandparent/Guardianship Scam: Scam artists contact an unsuspecting grandparent by phone. They pretend to be a grandchild and they need help getting out of jail or some other emergency. Be wary of unsolicited contacts that request a wire transfer of money. Contact the family member directly.

Government Agency Scam: Letters or emails are sent misrepresenting government agencies such as  Social Security, Medicare, FBI, Local Law Enforcement. They pretend to be law enforcement and might ask for payment in the form of a gift card. Don’t believe the call is legitimate because they spoof the caller ID and it looks like it is coming from the FBI. If you think it could be real, look up the number yourself and call them back.

Internet Fraud: Some of the newer con artists are using the internet. Don’t click links on pages that pop up on your computer warning you that you have been infected. Don’t do your banking in public places.

Real Checks Scam: Don’t cash checks you receive in the mail that don’t make sense. If you don’t know where a check came from, don’t cash it. There is a way that once the check is bounced that you are on the hook for some amount that could be much larger.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a federal crim. It occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or permission for financial or other gain.

There are people who do nothing but try and steal identities. Various scams are used to gain access to a person’s personal information. The dark web exists, and they are selling personal information.

A very effective way to protect your identity is to lock your credit. Additionally, check your credit report at least once a year. Shred your mail and personal papers. Contact law enforcement if you are the victim of identity theft.

Telemarketing fraud is big. There are cold call computers looking for live bodies for professional scam artists to call back. Don’t call back an unfamiliar company.

Reporting Scams or Identity Theft

Please report if you have been victimized or know someone who has. Call 937-225-4357.

Thank you, Rob Streck, for taking the time to help educate us on Scams and Identity Theft.


Member Birthday
Paulette Novak June 25
Charlie Goodwin June 26
Wayne Christie June 26
Robby Johnson June 27
Valorie Huff June 28
Frank DePalma June 29
Karin Gilstrap July 1
John Speers July 04
John Carroll July 05
Bob Lawson July 06
Mark Scarpino July 6
Bob Glavin July 09
Joe Kronenberger July 09
Ed Case July 12
Greg McAfee July 12
Denise Green July 15

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gary Hansen June 30 6/30/1999 20
Joe Kronenberger July 1 7/1/2014 5
Roy Barclay July 1 7/1/1986 33
Sara Hemmeter July 1 7/1/2014 5
Andy Harmon July 2 7/2/2018 1
David Duncombe July 2 7/2/2018 1
Greg Crabtree July 2 7/2/2008 11
Jeff Umbreit July 2 7/2/2018 1
Mark Scarpino July 2 7/2/2018 1
Robin Golden July 4 7/4/2012 7
Diane Arehart July 5 7/5/2016 3
Paul Webendorfer July 5 7/5/2016 3
CeAnn Chalker July 10 7/10/2000 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris Induction
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker 2nd Reading
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Dylan Melling Paul Stull 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gary Anderson Riding a bike and was passed by a runner at the 5k
Christy Gariety Had to buy back her lost jacket
Jim Marker Not wearing his name badge (it was lost and has since been replaced for him)
Donna Huss Not greeting guests on their arrival
Bob Duffy Didn’t realize he needed to perform his Sergeant duties starting today
Tom Novak and Blanca Ortiz Trying to retrieve flags after Bob put them out for grandson returning home from the Marines

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier She thanked the over 50 volunteers for help with our Americana 5K race
Tom Novak He thanked everyone that helped with Avenue of Flags and who volunteered at the Americana Booth
Bob Burkman Grandson came home from the Marines