Many people like to go online and participate in chat rooms. Unfortunately, recent sting operations have shown that there are perverts, predators, and other nasty people who misrepresent themselves on the Web and then cause problems off the Internet. If you go online and chat, never give out your telephone number, address, social security number, birth date, motherís maiden name, or other personal information. If you feel you must share contact information, an answering service is the best choice, although a business telephone might be usable. A post office box number rather than your home address is the way to go when sharing mailing information. However, remember that you can be traced to your business through your phone number and business address, and this leaves you vulnerable.
Remember that once you provide personal information to someone who is unethical, they can use it illegally to impersonate you and gain access to other personal information and accounts and/or can sell it to other people who may use it dishonestly