Do You Receive a Call From 264-35

Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing “one-ring” cell phone scam.

Here’s how it works: Scammers are using auto-dialers to call cell phone numbers across the country. Scammers let the phone ring once — just enough for a missed call message to pop up.

The scammers hope you’ll call back, either because you believe a legitimate call was cut off, or you will be curious about who called. If you do, chances are you’ll hear something like, “Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold.” All the while, you’re getting slammed with some hefty charges — a per-minute charge on top of an international rate. The calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they’re from inside the U.S., but actually are associated with international phone numbers — often in the Caribbean. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

If you get a call like this, don’t pick it up and don’t call the number back. There’s no danger in getting the call: the danger is in calling back and racking up a whopping bill.

If you’re tempted to call back, do yourself a favor and check the number through online directories first. They can tell you where the phone number is registered.

If you’ve been a victim of the “one-ring” scam, try to resolve the charges with your cell phone carrier. If that doesn’t work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

And as a general rule: Read your phone bill often — line by line. If you don’t recognize or understand a charge, contact your carrier.

#Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats

#QOTD – Do you think the goal of closing the consulate is to keep people from gathering for visas etc., thereby making it a target for terrorists.

Below is the news excerpt story from Time:

(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats on Monday and ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.

Senior Trump administration officials said all 60 Russians were spies working in the U.S. under diplomatic cover, including a dozen at Russia’s mission to the United Nations. The officials said the administration was taking the action to send a message to Russia’s leaders about the “unacceptably high” number of Russian intelligence operatives in the U.S

What Is a Consulate – Consulates follow the lead of the Ambassador in engaging local government, civil society and other organization to address Mission priorities. In many instances, consulates, because of their location within a country, may serve as the primary actor in achieving one priority or another. So while the Embassy may place great importance on agricultural development, the real work with the local population will be done by officers in a consulate.

Consulates provide passport, birth registration and many others services for visiting or resident American citizens in a country. They also have consular sections which issue visas for foreign citizens to visit, study and work in the United States. Consulates work with U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies to combat international crime.

Coordinating with the embassy, a consulate conducts commercial, information, education, and exchange programs to develop business partners and potential customers for US companies, work with the media and public entities to explain US policy, and encourage academic, scientific and artistic exchanges. They often have reference centers where foreign citizens can come to learn about the United States through printed and online media.

Russian Consulate Information

Russia Consulate Seattle, WA Information
Address: 600 University Street, Suite 2510, Seattle, WA. 98101
Contact Info: Tel: (206) 728-1910
Fax: (206) 728-1871
Jurisdiction: Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming
The Russia Consulate in Seattle provides Russian nationals and U.S. citizens or foreign nationals residing in the U.S. with passport and visa services. The Russia Consulate in Seattle no longer allows applications to be lodged by mail. For applicants who reside in the state listed above, Russia visa applications must be provided to the Russia Consulate either via a third party Russia visa expediting firm (Russia Visa Service) or in person at the Russia Consulate in Seattle.

Russia Embassy Visa Services
To obtain Russia visas through the Russia Consulate office in Seattle, applicants are encouraged to process visa documents through a Russia visa processing company. These companies work with the Russia Consulate in Seattle frequently and can provide you the best possible service.

Did You Know

California – the history of the official Russian representation office on the territory of modern consular district begins on February 14, 1852 – the date of signature of the Russian Emperor highest decree appointing businessman William Stuart Montgomery as a Vice Consul in San Francisco. This decision based on the increased activity of the Russian-American Company in California.

What Happens to the Staff When a Consulate Closes

Nowhere, usually. When an embassy/consulate closes even for just for a few days, its staffers—Americans and local employees—simply stay home.  Meanwhile, they stop granting visas and other services.

#QOTD

Do you think the goal of closing the consulate is to keep people from gathering for visas etc., thereby making it a target for terrorists?

Lastly, the last time I checked the Seattle Consulate was not on the list closings.

Source: Time

Source: Discover Diplomacy

Source: Consulate of Russia Seattle

#NetNeutrality

Attention Net Neutrality prohibits providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down and blocking any content, app or website they want.  Strong net neutrality rules don’t just protect companies — they also protect you as a consumer and ensure that you’re getting the full services you’re paying for.  It is the freedom online that we have always had but never noticed. And now, Net Neutrality is in danger of being taken away from us. The Federal Communications Commission wants to get rid of it to enable companies to increase their profit, and it also increases companies’ power to silence any person, group or movement they do not approve of. The fear is that they will be able to manipulate our technological world.Net Neutrality
 

 

 

 

 

Go to www.battleforthenet.com and sign the petition to encourage Congress to stop the FCC’s plan to end net neutrality. We have until Dec 14 to save our freedom online. Sign the petition before it’s too late. Again, it’s http://www.battleforthenet.com. Or go here – Net Neutrality New York Times