It can be hard to meet that special someone. For individuals who are disabled that same challenge exists. This challenge to find the perfect match leads many people to online dating. There are some online dating sites that are catered to those with disabilities, but like all online activity, one should always use cautious behavior.

There is nothing wrong with online dating sites as long as you understand the risks. We have assembled some safe online dating tips to avoid someone being taken advantage of. Keep in mind, these tips are meant to create caution, but not every tip will be fitting for every circumstance.

  • Do not correspond from anyone who is not in the United States (be aware they state that they are living in the U.S.)
  • Take a good look at their profile photo; if they look too good to be true–they probably are!
  • Look out for an abundance of poor spelling and grammar.
  • Scammers sometimes stop corresponding with you for a few days then come back online stating they have had a family emergency or crisis at work.
  • Scammers will usually talk about a crisis, medical emergency, an accident, (often involving a child to tug at your heart strings) a deal gone wrong or claim their lives are in danger.
  • Scammers will ask you to send money.
  • Scammers will tell you that they will give you the money back when they come over to see you.
  • Be aware this can go on for months. Scammers will try to gain your trust first, tell you all about themselves, ask about your family and so on before they pounce.
  • Remember to ask questions about someone’s school, education, their careers, who they work for now, about their home town or places they have visited on holiday. If they are scammers they will give you false information about the above, which is very easy to check via the internet and other means.
  • Don’t be fooled, these people are professional criminals. They may well have a number of people they are trying to scam at the same time; to them it’s simply a numbers game.

In the end, trust your gut, it will often tell you more than you realize. Don’t be afraid to tell others about people you meet online and gage their reactions too. If someone asks you to meet face to face–choose a very public place, tell someone of your plans and take your cell phone. Do not go anywhere alone with someone you met online until you trust them fully. Again, listen to your intuition. Again, if this person seems too good to be true, they probably are. One in five couples meet online; keep these safety tips in mind and hopefully you will have a safe dating experience.