Our invitation to a "secret society"

The other day, hubby got a rather interesting letter in the mail.

"Please forgive us, but we have just taken a closer look at your profile. It turns out you're more special than any of us imagined! Did you know that you possess some very rare, hidden traits? In fact, there is a famous person (someone you would instantly recognize, he's on TV every night) who possesses these same special, incredibly rare traits. ...It turns out that people who possess these same rare and often hidden traits that you do are some of the most famous and successful people on this planet! You are indeed blessed! I know those around you don't know this yet, but they will! Down deep, you sense it, too. Right? I'm so excited for you!"

No doubt my hubby is special and blessed - I wouldn't be with him if I didn't think he was special! To think about it, really, every single person is special in one way or another... and of course we're all biased and tend to think that our loved ones are more special than anyone else!

It goes on to talk about some "secret society" - "the association" that he had been carefully selected to receive an invitation to based off certain special traits he possesses and how he will get "something of immense value from us absolutely free with no strings attached. So read every word very carefully because you will never get another letter from us again." It talks about how there's lots of people in this "secret society" that are just like my hubby - many famous and powerful that we would recognize immediately if their identities were exposed. It says there's a manuscript, 2300 years old that holds the Greatest Kept Secrets for money, power, romantic-love and more! And hubby can receive it for absolutely free! It will change our lives!

A fraction of what we'll learn?
-learn where the profits are and where they are not in all games of chance, poker, bingo, blackjack, lotteries, casino games or any gambling situations (not even casinos or professional cheaters will be able to beat you!)
-learn how to transfer all money, power, prestige from the uninformed to you... instantly.
-learn how to use this new scientific knowledge to begin generating huge sums of money within hours...automatically...without even trying. 
-learn how to win any lover in any situation or how to regain your ex-lover
-learn how to lose all the weight you want or elminate any addictions; (food, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs) easily and effortlessly virtually overnight!
-learn to control anyone, man or woman, anywhere.
-learn to easily beat any opponent in your life...in any situation.
-learn how to make your new powers render all others helpless.
-learn how to be more intelligent.
-learn how to make everyone you meet want to be your friend.
-learn how to make your every relationship; spouse, lover, children, friends, co-workers, etc. become better and more fulfilling
-learn how to be constantly and invisibly armed so that any person trying deception or cheatin gploys against you instantly becomes powerless and at your mercy.

Also in this 8-page "typed" letter (I love how they used the Times font to make it look like it was typed on a typewriter) we are introduced to Kevin, who was a down on his luck guy, broke and having a rough marriage who meets a "mysterious" guy in Vegas who can't help but win at poker. This mysterious guy let's him on the "secret" and eventually Kevin becomes an overnight success.

Hubby read the first page of this letter and instantly wrote it off as a scam. Curious, as I went to feed it to the paper shredder, I paused and began reading it. I read the whole thing.

It sounds more like a cult than a scam if you ask me.

So I decided to hop on Google and find out more regarding this strange letter. The only information on the letter (it never names "the association" or "secret society") is the address to mail our invitation back to with a fax number, so I tried the address first.

Plenty of scam-alert, ripoff report, and complaint-board links popped up and I read some of them.

Most people had the same response as hubby - that it is a scam - and a few had the same response as I did - go get a Bible and find all the answers for life that you'll need in there.

A few were curious about this "free" opportunity and faxed/mailed their invitation back just find out what would happen. Apparently you get a 52-page booklet that has several "testimonials" in it, 2 of which were in the original letter, and then you are asked to send $140 to receive a 1200 page manuscript, that holds all the Greatest Kept Secrets you'll need in life. They also reported that several times it straight out mocks Christianity and God, so really, why would we be interested in that?

From Neo-Tech as a New Way of Thought:
In the free booklet, it is nothing more than a big sales pitch to buy the NT manual, in the front cover it says:

"This Small Book Has Hidden Power. Whoever discovers the secret meaning within the nine true stories about money and sex that follow will become wealthy and unforgettable. If you do not discover the secret menaning, you still absorb that secret meaning while reading the nine stories. As a consequence, three very major good things, prompted by your subconcious, will happen to you within two weeks involving money, power, and love!"

Then on the first page, first paragraph it says:

"This may be the luckiest day of your life! You are a new Neo-Tech customer, and this is your Neo-Tech Orientation booklet. It could be the most important event that will ever happen to you. By the time you finish reading this booklet, you'll know exactly what to do to make $5,000, $10,000, even $100,000 cash...IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!"

Personally, I have read that booklet over 15 times and still don't have a clue as to how to make that kind of money in a short period of time. I know how to make that kind of money over the next year by using common sense, but it had nothing to do with NT.

The booklet claims you will make more in one week than most people do in a year and I have no clue as to *how* just by reading the booklet.

It has 9 stories which claim will help you absorb the meaning. The booklet says these are true stories.

    * Story 1 is an incomplete story that ends in a sales pitch. In the story a man who wishes to stay anonymous says he was down on his luck. Then he met a mysterious man in Vegas who was winning lots of money and had lots of women around him. He asked the man his secret, but after hanging around him a few days, he claimed it was a secret known since ancient times. The anonymous man went into a library and asked about a book and the librarian said it was funny, but a mysterious man requested that same book printed in the 1800s that was translated from a manual that was thousands of years old. That book was now simplified into Neo-Tech. Then the sales pitch. [And before you ask, I have tried to get a straight answer about the unknown book in the story and was told it was merely a fictional story. This book does not exist.]
    * Story II isn't a story, but an interview with Frank R. Wallace - the man behind the Neo-Tech philosophy.
    * Story III talks about the history of Wallace and his NT discovery and what NT will do for you. However, it does not go into details on exactly what NT is.
    * Story IV has Wallace's son tell how he used the principles to make a lot of money and get women and also testimony from people with intitials.
    * Story V is a story from an anonymous famous person who changes their life with a 10 second miracle, but does not say what exactly it is.
    * Story VI is an uncomfortable read about some poor man whose wife was cheating on him and how he used NT to come out on top without going into details as to how he did it.
    * Story VII tells how a ladies man has a great sex life with as many women as he wants thanks to NT with guarantees what NT will do (Regardless of physical appearances, you can be having sex with beautiful women of your choice in one week or less. You will be a superior lover, those women will fall in love with you and want to be yours forever. You will be making thousands of dollars each week at first, each day eventually. You will rid your recurring illnesses, physical incompetence, pains, allergies, and addictions. You will lose all your fat. You will become very smart very quickly. When you talk, everyone will listen. You will pick only the winning stocks. Beautiful women and powerful men will almost beg to be your friends. You will get an instant promotion. Then it states a 90 day money back guarantee if this does not happen.)
    * Story VIII claims to hold the key to the secret (which I have read intensely and still don't see it) and talks of a man who was grieving over the loss of his mother when he discovered this mysterious manuscript which changed his life and he changed the life of someone else in turn through the power coming from the book. Supposedly by reading that story you would subconsciously absorb the secret of NT. They claim within 2 weeks you will have a money/power/love miracle happen, just by reading the story!
    * Story IX story tells about squaring your income, but doesn't exactly give details as to how.
So, how exactly do you get the details on the secret? Buy the manual! Of course the booklet doesn't tell you that the manual in full is online absolutely free [On their website].

Okay then, what is the secret of the NT manual? If you are an average lay person, this manual is not an easy read. It is full of scientific theories and phrases that will go over the heads of most people while it dances around the issue of how to obtain the power they claim you would get. In the mix with science is a lot of Ayn Rand philosophies, redefining words to suit their meaning, a sort of us versus them conspiracy, there is no God out there just a power called Zon which you can become, there is a lot of mumbo-jumbo wording that never actually tells you *how* to do what they promised you can do.

In all is there any actual useful information that was promised in the sales letter? No! Absolutely not. The book does not even come close to the claims in the sales pitch to buy the manual.

NT is very much behind the idea of promoting the value of business and applauds all sorts of enterprises. They claim that if you want the power and wealth, it can be had if you work hard with a feasible plan. (Well, duh!) They really push the idea that the pursuit of making money above everything else is the most honorable thing one can do.

They are also against anything considered charity, humanitarian, or self-sacrificing. They reason that by depriving yourself of your hard earned money, time or possessions is unnatural when everyone should be enabled to do for themselves instead of relying on charity.

As far as sex goes, the sales letter would have you believe that you would have lovers knocking down your door to get to you. The manual talks about the extreme opposites of the sex pole from those who are too hung up on sex and those who engage in it too much and both are wrong. They imply that moderation is best and you should enjoy it. (Another hearty duh!)

Oh and the Kevin they mention in the letter? That is infomercial host Kevin Trudeau, known for his [insert product name here] "They" Don't Want You to Know About.

A "supporter" of this group tries to defend it on a Ripoff Report article by stating

Start today!  Start by economizing, get your household consuming less than you produce or bring in.  Pay down your debts faster than you accumulate them.  Live within your means.  Be kind to your family, go the extra mile!  Deliver more value to your customers than you are paid or expected to do.  Work harder and smarter at your job than you would need to to keep your position.  Think of ways to make life better and ACT ON THEM!  Trade in your prime-time distractions for a productive hobby that you can be passionate about - and turn it into a part time incredibly FUN PROFIT EARNING ENTERPRISE!  (The cure for a sunken economy is not regulation, taxation, inflation[theft], government 'creation of jobs', for [disasterous]wall street bailouts[also theft]) - the cure for a sunken economy is for individuals, families,  companies, and governments to live/operate within their means.  That is all it takes.  Think about it.  If you had money left over at the end of the month, wouldn't you be feeling GREAT!  Well, you can, but it takes looking at your situation with strength and honesty.

 Um, did you really need to waste $140 to learn all that? Sounds like common knowledge to me... 

The funny part of all this?
Hubby's letter was dated March 13. We didn't get it in our mailbox until the evening of March 19. The deadline to fax/postmark our invitation? March 19! By then the post office was already closed and we don't have simple access to a fax machine! So even if we were interested in this hoax/scam/cult, well, they gave us zero time to respond! And here, I thought we were special.

If you get a strange letter like this one, toss it out. It's not worth you wasting your hard-earned money on just to learn some common knowledge concepts about saving and spending that you can easily find online for free.

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