How to Identify a Good Agency
You may have already found hundreds of listings for introduction agencies that specialize in Russian women. It can seem to be an overwhelming task to know which ones to choose. If you survey the selection of agencies, and maybe you already have, you will find they all vary in some degree as to the quality, quantity and method of what they want to sell you. If you want to save time and money it pays to choose a good agency and avoid those that don’t meet a minimum level of quality.
At this point in the process you are a consumer in search of a solution to your needs, wants and desires. If you are a discerning consumer you will want the ‘biggest bang for your buck’ or return on your investment (however you like to look at it). When it comes to purchasing introductions to Russian women it’s extremely easy to make the purchase. Every agency out there is ready to take your hard earned money without hesitation. The key to maximizing your success is knowing how not to waste your money on a purchase that stands little or no chance of paying off with the results that you want (a quality reply). Choosing the right lady from the right agency is how you will maximize the return on your investment or money and time.
The risk you take as a customer of such a business is that you can purchase several address, write many letters and be extremely disappointed by the poor or nonexistent results. To overcome the skepticism of most men, several agencies offer a free first contact as a way of establishing a mutual interest between a man and a Russian woman. Care should still be taken to scrutinize the response you receive from any first reply as sometimes they are ‘canned’ replies sent to you automatically from the agency when you express an interest in one of their ladies. On the surface this may seem like a good approach however it is also used by a dishonest agency as well. The idea is to get you ‘hooked’ on one or more ladies after 2 or 3 letter exchanges after which you must pay to continue your correspondence. If the replies seem rather generic and unresponsive to your questions then you have no real way of knowing if you are corresponding to the person you think you are or if she is truly interested in you or not.
Although rare, some of the agencies will indicate how long a lady has been with the agency, how often a ladies address has been ordered and if she is no longer available. Although you don’t have a way of knowing if the information is correct it is reassuring to see an agency make the effort to update their website showing which ladies are no longer available because they now are engaged or married.
The most honest agencies strive to protect their reputation by featuring only real and sincere women in their catalogs. There are only a few things they can do to ensure that the ladies they feature are real and sincere.
The most common thing they can do is check the domestic passport of lady. This document identifies the legal name, age, address and marital status of the lady pictured in the passport. This is usually the only level of any background check that is performed by an agency if it is done at all. Since larger agencies recruit from various cities, such information will be obtained through the agency’s application. If application information is sent through the mail, it can not be matched with the person face to face. It is fairly easy for a clever and determined scammer to penetrate this thin veil of security so a large agency that recruits from all over Russia has limited ways to verify the identity of their applicants. As an alternative procedure some of the larger agencies check a new lady against one of several databases of known scammers but you should realize this is very rarely done as it is a time consuming process. Smaller agencies that operate in a single city have a local office that new applicants usually go to in order to be listed with the agency. In this case the agency can check the passport with the lady in the office as well as conduct a personal interview with the person to find out more about her personality and preferences. Keep in mind that even though these things can be done there is no guarantee that they are actually done.
With the past practice of scam artists promoting themselves through the marriage agencies, many reputable agencies fight back by removing any known or reported scammer quickly from its catalog. Usually an Anti-Scam Policy is listed prominently on the agency website as a reassurance to its potential customers that they are proactive in protecting their reputation and their male (paying) customers. An agency with an Anti-Scam Policy is not a guarantee that you will be completely insulated from a scammer but it should encourage you to feel that you can use that agency with more confidence.
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