Someone told me that people are exchanging not only email addresses, but even phone numbers in the chat rooms. Probably most of the people in the chat rooms will not read this, but hopefully some of them will. Giving out your phone number is like telling a person where you live. With your phone number and $25 dollars someone can find out everything there is to know about you if they want to. Sometimes giving out your email address is just as bad. If you have to share an email address create an account on Yahoo, Google, MSN or AOL and DO NOT create a profile. IT is harder to get your information from these companies than it is from a small ISP. Even then it is not impossible. Just harder. Nearly everyone on the message and chat boards are very nice people and can be trusted with your life, but there have been predators on the boards before and several people still live in fear because they shared too much personal information. We do not like to think that anyone we talk to could be anything other than what they say they are, but how do you really know? Especially if they are new or they are new and you have not talked to them very much. Please be sure that you don't have any doubts about the person you give your email address or IM to and do not share more than that. Again do not create a profile that would give anyone any personal information either.