Always check that they are a member of the ABIA. Only ABIA agencies are bound to comply with their stringent code of practice.
Ask how many introductions you can reasonably expect to be given within your selected age range and area.
Use your membership sensibly. You must communicate with your agency to maximise your chances of enjoying a successful membership. Follow the guidelines as provided by the agency.
Persevere with your membership – success doesn’t always happen overnight. If you are unhappy about the way things are going, tell the agency as soon as possible to give them a chance to rectify the situation.
Join an agency using a PO Box number.
Join an agency using a premium rate telephone number.
Join an agency which is not prepared to give you details of their fees on the phone or in their literature.
Part with any membership fee without having been given the opportunity to visit the agency.