NORTH ROSSLYN CIVIC ASSOCIATION
JUNE 7,2018 COMMUNITY MEETING MINUTES
The meeting began at 7:05. NRCA Board members present were John Hummel, Sylvia Kendra, Terri Prell, Nicole Merlene and Judy Brand. Treasurer, Rick
Froelich also attended. Board President, John Hummel opened the meeting with 3 brief announcements. The Primary Election is scheduled for 6/12/18 at the new location on Ft. Myers Drive. Handouts with voter information and a sample ballot were available. A new restaurant, Simple Greek is scheduled to open 6/11. Next Community meeting is scheduled for 9/16/18.
John introduced guest speakers: Lt. Ken Dennis, Kevin White, Paul Marseilles and Lou Ordonez, Arlington County Police Department specialists who spoke about Computer Security, Scams and Financial Crimes. They provided detailed handouts to summarize this information. The main vehicles for Identity Theft and fraud occur via Phone, Credit and Computers. All 4 speakers emphasized that these crimes were rampant due to advancements in technology, making it is much easier to steal information. They advised that the public must be proactive rather than reactive with the motto “Don’t Trust- Verify” always in mind. Our best point of contact is Lt. Ken Dennis.
1. PHONE- Never give out personal information over the phone. Information requested by the IRS, Jury Duty etc. will always be communicated by mail, not via phone. Robo calls are hard to block. Unknown numbers should be screened on caller ID. If important, caller will leave a message. Never wire money in response to phone requests
2. CREDIT- The public should regularly check their credit reports to identify if anyone is trying to open fraudulent accounts. Credit cards are safer than debit cards since credit card payments can be stopped whereas debit cards give direct access to your bank. Freezing access to opening new credit cards can be done through Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. See ACPD Handout for details about how to do this. Caution must be used at ATMs since shimmer devices make theft easier.
3. COMPUTER- Anti-virus programs should be used and checked regularly. Records should be backed up in more than one location. Scammers use social engineering to get people to sympathize with a person or cause and to transfer money electronically.
The next speaker, Ted Kalreiss, KCM construction engineer for Queens Court (APAH) explained plans for Phase I infrastructure work and supplied detailed handouts. Construction work for fiber optic cables will begin late July 2018. Work will take place between 8 am and 6 pm with no street closures. There will be rerouting of traffic. Cables will be installed Feb. 2019 and the existing 39 unit apartments demolished to be replaced by a 250 unit structure. Mark Antell is contact person for information about this construction.
John concluded the meeting with an announcement that a BID survey is being mailed to gather community input regarding Gateway Park improvements.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 8:30 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Judy Brand, Secretary
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