A friend here told me about a note she got from a user she had not previously known. The person urged her to call them, giving out their phone number and gmail account.
There is nothing wrong with extending DS friendships into real life, but please, PLEASE, make them earn your trust first. There are too many manipulative people out there trying to scam people. There was a rash of cases several years ago here where some people gave out their phone numbers and email addresses. It was not long before the requests for money started; too many people here lost more money than they could afford to this scam.
So please, exercise caution when people encourage you to share your phone number and email address with them. There is nothing wrong with saying "no".
ps, those abusive cases are a big part of why it is against the rules here to ask for money, or to publish links to pages like GoGiveMeMoney.
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