How to be Pen Friends online safely

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The number of people looking for pen friends has diminished slightly, but if you look around, there are still plenty of people who are looking for this type of communication. The world wide web has made it easier than ever to connect with people from around the world via email, but some people still love to write and send real letters, and they love the joy of finding a reply in their mailbox. There are web sites you can go to when you want to find pen friends, but just like anywhere else online, you have to be wary of who you are talking to.

If you go to websites that help hook pen friends up with those who have similar interests you will notice quite a few things. You may notice many people have to put down that they are looking for friendship only, and that is because many people try to use the pen friends listings as personal ads. For the most part, this is not the intention of the poster, and they make it clear that they will ignore anything that is not friendly in nature. You may also find that women specify they are looking for female pen friends, and that is because they don’t want men corresponding with them, even if it is innocent, because they don’t want their spouse to get the wrong idea.
You may also notice that many looking for pen friends will put that they don’t want any correspondence from Africa, or more precisely, Nigeria. There is a valid reason for that. Though they would probably welcome a real person from that area, they know that most of those from that place who are online are con artists. There seems to be a huge concentration of conmen and women coming from Nigeria, and that makes everyone wary of talking to someone from that place. They know that these con artists have targeted pen friends as people to scam and they don’t want any part of it.

When you make a listing for pen friends, make sure you list your interests and a little about yourself, and make sure you say who you want to talk to, and who can keep going when they see your ad. If you are contacted by someone you know you don’t want to be pen friends with because they ignored the guidelines you gave, you might want to ignore them. Don’t email them telling them to go away, because that might just make it worse. Ignore them and they will go away. If you aren’t biting, they will move on to someone else who will.

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