The CPF in Partnership With the OCPA Presents the ” Tip Of The Week “


Confidence Games And Swindles:
* Another growing problem is the incidence of frauds. The old adage goes, if it seems to be too good to be true, then it most certainly is! You cannot recognize a con by the way he (or she) looks! However, you can be on the lookout for the most common consumer frauds.
* Do NOT give out your credit card account number, or your social security number to anyone who calls you on the phone.
* Home improvement and repair frauds are common problems. Whenever someone mentions a discount because the repair/work crew is already ” in the neighborhood “, you need to be especially cautious!
* Always get several estimates for a repair or home improvement and compare prices.
* Arrange to make payments in installments as the work is completed. Always get a guarantee on any work that is done.
* False charity rackets account for millions of dollars in misspent monies. Ask for identification on both the solicitor and the charity.
* NEVER get involved with anyone on the street involving allegedly “found” money or anything similar.
*In any case where you are concerned or suspicious, contact your Better Business Bureau, the office of the State’s Attorney General or your police department. Don’t wait until you have become a victim.


What is workplace violence?
* Violent acts by criminals who have no other connection with a workplace, but will enter to commit a robbery or other crime.
* Violence directed at an employee by a customer, client, patient, student, inmate, or any others for who an organization provides services.
* Violence against coworkers, supervisors, or managers by a present or former employee.
* Violence committed in the workplace by someone who doesn’t work there, but has a personal relationship with an employee.
Employees have the right to expect a work environment that promises safety from violent threats and harassment. They can actively contribute to prevent workplace violence by doing the following:
* Accept and adhere to an employer’s workplace violence prevention program.
* Become aware of and report violence or threat behavior by coworkers or any other warning signs.
* Follow procedures established by the workplace violence prevention program, including those for reporting individual incidents.
Alcohol impairment is the primary factor in all traffic fatalities. In the United States where drunk driving is among the most common types of arrest made by the police, the number of alcohol-related crash deaths is roughly the same as the number of homicides. In addition, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in young people ages 15-20 and many of those are alcohol-related.
Harm caused by drunk driving:
* Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are killed and injured.
* Injured persons suffer financially when they cannot work.
* Vehicles are damaged and destroyed.
* Motor vehicle insurance rates rise due to drunk driving accidents.
* Traffic flow is impeded by crashed vehicles.
* Police, fire, and emergency crews are consumed by enforcing drunk driving laws and treating victims.
* Court, and jail personnel are tied up prosecuting and incarcerating drunk drivers.
What you can do to help:
* Have a reliable designated driver.
* Take the keys away from a potential drunk driver.



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