If you can, look for evidence the agency is popular and has a good reputation. Most charge for either listing or contacting women and you want to make sure it’s reputable before you hand over your credit card information. Don’t rely on testimonials from the sites themselves, look for third party information. If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of an agent, using Google or your search engine of choice to search the agency name along with the word scam will bring up any internet-posted information on problems that others may have had.
Be wary of directories and don’t assume the listings have been vetted by a third party. It is pocket change to pay money for a listing when compared to the possible potential money that running a dating scam could bring in. It is also a smart move not to choose the least expensive agent purely for cost purposes. It’s also a good idea to find out if the agency you like offers any sort of protection, identity checks or security for their clients.
Once you’re confident that the sites are not a scam, spend some time in any free areas they offer to get a feel for the type of management and style the agency has. Some offer a warm and friendly approach while others may be more business-like. You will find some agencies are marketed as marriage agencies and this may affect the expectations of the listed participants. If you’re more interested in starting a relationship without the assumed expectation of marriage it is best to avoid these.
Make sure you get what you pay for. Some sites are free for women but almost all will expect a man to pay for either a profile listing or contact information. Don’t spend a fortune using an agency that isn’t offering what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to send an email to the operator directly. They may not offer a response but it can be a great way to get more information without needing to sign up or get an idea of the professionalism the agency offers. This can be an important step if something goes wrong so it’s a good idea to test their services before-hand.
Some agencies will offer pages of good information within their site to both assist and protect your interests. If it’s available – read it. Check all terms and conditions you agree to carefully and make sure you understand everything within them. If you don’t – ask for clarification. It may seem obvious at first, but be sure to confirm the international dating agency services the country you are looking to search in. The last thing you want is to be provided with a list of women in a completely different culture and country to your perceived love interest.