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WOW is a civic and social organization whose members live and/or work
in Southwest Orange County, Florida




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Why WOW?

WOW seeks to provide its 200 members the opportunity to learn about their community, support local charitable and civic activities, and socialize in an atmosphere of friendliness and goodwill. Aside from the luncheon meetings held monthly from September through May, WOW members are active in 25 clubs and activities throughout each month. In addition, several annual activities are planned where members can contribute their time and expertise or enjoy social outings with other members. Examples of these are day trips, cruises, participation in the Festival of Trees, and fund raising activities.

elaine..........A Word from Our President.........
Hello Ladies,
I just want to thank you for the warm welcome that I received at the luncheon.  It really warms my heart to know that you all care.
As usual, the food was excellent at Bonefish. The cheesecake dessert was really good.
I don't know about any of you, but I was appalled at what our speakers had to say about human trafficking!! To think that so much of it goes on under our noses. I feel that I have a better grasp on the subject and will really pay more attention to my surroundings when I am out and about as I am sure you all will do the same.
Next month we will be at Orange Tree and I am sure Peter will do a bang up job as usual.
Our program is a fashion show from Stein Mart, with Marie at the helm. She always does a great job.
So until next time we are together, stay healthy and happy!!

Elaine Wilson

Our May luncheon pictures are available here.


Dear Ladies,

Last week we opened a letter from the Small Business Administration. It looked like nondescript junk mail, but for some reason I opened it. It turns out that some person or group received FEMA assistance using our name, address, and my husband's social security number. We would never have known that his data were on the loose and being used had it not been for that letter from the small business administration which had a loan application number and other info for the perpetrator. Getting money from FEMA is below the radar of the credit reporting or monitoring agencies. So, be on the lookout for an envelope from the the Small Business Administration and do open it if you get one. If you do get a letter like we got, call the SBA and then take appropriate steps from there.

Jill Thompson, WOW member

Abbot and Costello's "Who's on1st?"video.

Vehicle Burglaries After Bank Visits

by Deputy First Class Forrest Best, one of the Crime Prevention Deputies for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

I am reaching out to you today because of a concerning trend that has been noticed. Since the beginning of this year, there have been 11 reported vehicle burglaries within Orange County that target victims who have recently left a bank. The suspect appears to follow the bank customer from the bank to their next destination without being noticed by the victim. Then once the bank customer leaves their car the suspect forces entry into the car and steals the money. The location of the vehicle burglary varies wildly (as this is determined by the customer’s destination after the bank visit) and the suspect description has varied in the cases as well. The suspects are targeting customers from different banks. Please practice these Crime Prevention tips at all times, especially when visiting banks: Be vigilant Be aware of your surroundings Consider getting a cashier’s check instead of cash Conceal any money as best as possible Do not leave any money in your vehicle If possible go straight home after withdrawing any large amount of cash Please report any suspicious people in the bank and suspicious vehicles in the bank parking lot as these people might be surveilling customers to take advantage of them.


 What's Going On?

Our next luncheon is November 16th at Orange Tree Golf Club on
Dr. Phillips

Check out Pictures of everyone at the May Luncheon.

CHRISTMAS/ HOLIDAY CARDS - At the October and November luncheons we will be collecting holiday cards for the Military Veterans at the Veteran facilities in Orlando.  Please bring blank or signed cards. They will be delivered beginning December 1. 

We collected for over $500 for Matthew’s Hope, one of our nominated charities, at the October luncheon.




In November let's travel across the water to Cuba!

Date/Time:  Tuesday, November 14, 11:30 a.m.
Place:  Bongo's Cuban Cafe , Disney Springs (West Side), 1498 Buena Vista Drive,  407-828-0999
Restaurant Website:  Bongos CubanCafe
(Park in the Orange Garage- it's free)
Please RSVP  at  407-614-7144 or no later than Sunday, November 12.

red hat

Knitters and Crocheters, once again in February 2018, Florida Hospital plans for each new born baby to receive a RED crocheted or knitted new born baby hat for heart-healthy-February.  Please bring any red hats to the luncheons or give to a board member OR just take to your local Florida Hospital.  Contact person  - cLICK ON THE cOMMUNITY oUTREACH BUTTON TO THE LEFT OR CLICK ON




Beware the Rise of Ransomware

Kim Boatman from Norton

It’s exasperating enough when your computer is sluggish because of a virus, but what if the virus installs embarrassing pornography on your screen or encrypts your data so you can’t read it? Ransomware attacks often use these tactics to demand you pay a ransom to remove the pornography or to access your files.

Ransomware on the rise
“There’s more and more documented evidence that this is going on,” says Ori Eisen, founder and chief innovation officer of fraud prevention company 41st Parameter. “It’s more prevalent in the United Kingdom, which is sort of a staging or testing ground. It’s starting there and getting more momentum.”

The FBI recently issued an alert about the broader category of rogueware, which include ransomware and fake antivirus scareware scams. According to the FBI, criminals are netting an estimated $150 million a year through these scams. “Ransomware is actually scarier” than the scareware scams, says Robert Siciliano, a Boston-based identity theft expert. “There’s nothing worse in the field of technology than having a criminal in control of your network. When a ransomware attack occurs, it can easily elevate from a potential data loss to potential identity theft to a data breach in the form of extortion.”

How ransomware works
These aggressive assaults begin in a similar manner to scareware. You’re duped into clicking on an infected popup advertisement or you visit an infected website. However, instead of just trying to trick you into buying fake antivirus software, the bad guys hold your computer hostage and attempt to extort payment.

In some instances, ads for pornographic websites appear on your screen each time you try to click on a Web page. The ads cover a portion of the page you’re trying to view. “Just imagine you’re sitting at work and that happens to you,” says Eisen. One ransomware attack puts time pressure on the victim, stating that a piece of your data will be destroyed every 30 minutes if you don’t pay up. Another attack attempts to force you to purchase a program to de-encrypt your data.

The criminals often ask for a nominal payment, figuring you’ll be more likely to pay to avoid the hassle and heartache of dealing with the virus. They may ask for as little as $10 to be wired through Western Union, paid through a premium text message or sent through a form of online cash.

Protect yourself from ransomware
As with other attacks, you can work to avoid ransomware. Experts advise taking these steps to avoid attacks or protect yourself after an attack:

  1. Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall. Maintaining a strong firewall and keeping your security software up to date are critical. It’s important to use antivirus software from a reputable company because of all the fake software out there.
  2. Back up often. If you back up files to either an external hard drive or to an online backup service, you diminish the threat, says Eisen. “If you back up your information, you should not be afraid to just turn off your computer and start over with a new install if you come under attack.” Just keep your external hard drive disconnected between backups so it does not get infected too.
  3. Enable your popup blockerPopups are a prime tactic used by the bad guys, so simply avoid even accidentally clicking on an infected popup. If a popup appears, click on the X in the right-hand corner. The buttons within a popup might have been reprogrammed by the criminals, so do not click on them.
  4. Exercise caution. Don’t click on links inside emails, and avoid suspicious websites. If your PC does come under attack, use another computer to research details about the type of attack. But be aware that the bad guys are devious enough to create fake sites, perhaps touting their own fake antivirus software or their de-encryption program.
  5. Disconnect from the Internet. If you receive a ransomware note, disconnect from the Internet so your personal data isn’t transmitted back to the criminals, says Eisen. He recommends simply shutting down the computer. If you have backed up your data, you can re-install software. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so or you are unable to start fresh, you may need to take your computer to a reputable repair shop, says Eisen.
  6. Alert authorities. Ransomware is a serious form of extortion. “Local police are probably not equipped to deal with this,” explains Siciliano. “However, the local FBI would want to know about it.”
  7. Don’t be tempted to give in and pay the ransom, warns Siciliano. “Paying them would be a mistake because they will further extort you and most likely not release your information.” Taking precautions to protect your information and maintaining vigilance are the best solutions to avoid becoming a victim in the first place.
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