Honestly I was surprised to find these "rats" on even penpal websites. I love to travel, and joined penpal websites, and travel websites. Being a gay guy I was surprised to get mails from these guys. Personally I only wanted friends to talk to, and get advice for my future travels. Well I shockingly received lots of mail. Was very surprised to be asked for my phone number by total strangers. Spoke to a few nice people, but most are clearly after something. Have heard so many stories about sick family members, they can't find work. Or they can't pay their phone bill. Honestly I was shocked by someone saying these things in a first conversation.