If you believe you are a victim of fraud, have concerns that your pen pal is a phoney/catfish, feel threatened, or that your safety/security has been compromised, please email email@example.com with all the details. If you feel you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or your local emergency hotline.
We take pen pal safety very seriously. Sure, IGGPPC is a rad, awesome place with an amazing community of people. But it’s also on THE INTERNET. Anyone can get on the Internet and attempt to be a creep… sometimes people are just trolling, and other times they are actually trying to hurt you, by getting personal sensitive information out of you like your address, credit card information, or even explicit photos.
These people are not cool. So it’s up to us to be vigilant like superheroes, and to use common sense when beginning an exchange with someone on this site, or anywhere!
Do not give anyone on this site your home address until you have exchanged at least an email or two to get a feel for them. Another good tip when making initial contact with your new pen pal is to ask them to Skype or Google hangout with you. That way you get some face to face, real-time contact with your new pal! If you have any concerns or need some pointers on how to do this – just ask!
If the person you’ve been paired with still seems sketchy, do not give them your address! Just let us know you do not feel comfortable with them and we will address the situation.
Also, be aware of what people are posting and talking about here and report any and all suspicious activity to us immediately! All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and link us to the shadiness and we’ll be on it like a pack of crazed hyenas. That’s how we roll.
So take some basic safety precautions and do not give sensitive information out online, be it explicit photos, home addresses or credit card info.
Yup yup, safety is awesome! Let’s look out for each other peeps, and be smart!! There are some dangerous people out there, so let’s keep this community safe and full of love.
Swaps Safety Rules
Ready to participate in some fun, snail mail swapping action? Wonderful! We have a few rules for all swaps participants to keep in mind.
First, a general principle we abide by:
Swappers host and/or participate in swaps at their own discretion.
In the spirit of IGGPPC’s safety guidelines, we ask you tread carefully when you’re finding new friends to swap with. If you feel sketched out by someone, don’t give them your personal info! Instead, notify your swap organizer. If you ever feel personally threatened or unsafe, contact IGGPPC staff immediately.
Please play nice and don’t bite off more than you can chew. On occasion, people DO flake on their swaps. This is unfortunate, but you’ll find for the most part our community members are very active and friendly. If you’re concerned about a delayed package or if you find yourself running behind on a swap, please shoot your swap partner a friendly email! A little communication can go a long way.
The rest of our rules are as follows:
- Do not post personal information to social media or in our Discord server.
- Bullying and harassment will not be tolerated.
- Complaints/concerns must be handled by each swap’s respective organizer. Organizers, if you ever feel concerned about handling a difficult situation, contact Iggle Swaps ASAP.
Thanks for helping to keep swaps fair and fun for all iggles!
Our Pen Pal Registration/Pairing Disclaimer:
Once we have put you in contact with a new pen pal we cannot be held responsible for the outcome of any contact of any kind made between you. For those of you who have been left in pen pal limbo, please either sign up for the next open round or reach out on social media with #IGGPPC to say you are looking for a pen pal. Please note that for safety reasons we do not pair anyone under the age of 17. By confirming you have read this disclaimer you are acknowledging that you have permission to join this service.
We do hope you use common sense and if you decide you feel uncomfortable giving your address out, don’t. We wouldn’t want you to do anything you don’t feel 100% about. Your participation is totally voluntary.
If you are sending gifts with your letter remember to check that there are no international restrictions on posting said item.