So called secret society tries to scam people into joining

So called secret society tries to scam people into joining

"The first thing that happened to me when I had this book, I got rear-ended," Dave Cruse says. "The first thing that happened to me when I had this book, I got rear-ended," Dave Cruse says.

July 5, 2006

6 On Your Side Reporter

SWEETWATER (WATE) -- A self proclaimed secret society mailing invites to East Tennessee residents is trying to scam them.

The Better Business Bureau already has complaints filed against the Nouveau Tech Society. The complaints deal with the company's advertising and selling practices, as well as refund promises.  

Dexter Robinson, of Sweetwater, finds the tone of an eight page letter from Nouveau Tech very strange.  "Please keep what I tell you secret because this information is confidential," he reads. "These words are meant for you only."

Dexter wonders if the words were meant for him alone, why would he receive a randomly mailed, unsolicited letter? He points to repeated references to a free book that will be sent to him if he responds.     

But it's the content of the letter that bothers Dexter. "There has existed for many years an exclusive association, a secret society of the world's most famous and powerful people. These include renowned actors and musicians," he reads from the letter. 

"Who are some of the renowned actors and musicians?" 6 On Your Side asks. "It doesn't give any names," Dexter says. "According to them, their attorney told them not to disclose any of that information."  

The Nouveau Tech Package of Inside Secrets came to Dave Cruse, of Maryville. "The first one I received is over 1,000 pages long." Also, "The first book I got was free. The second one, I had to pay over $100 for."

Dave received the books after responding to a letter like the one Dexter got. After reading some chapters, he's amused and confused. "They keep telling you all this good stuff is supposed to happen to you, by having it in your possession, in your hands. But the first thing that happened to me when I had this book, I got rear-ended."

Dave says he read a few chapters trying to discover the so-called secrets. "Everybody would like to make money, to hit $1 million. What's the secret to it? They don't tell you."

The web site, dedicated to advising consumers about reputations of companies, has the society listed under the section called "con artist."

Now that he's lost some money, that's what Dave thinks about it too.

"So your suggestion to others when they get these invitation letters?" 6 On Your Side asks. "Trash them. Don't even bother to open them," Dave says.

The Better Business Bureau says the Nouveau Tech Society is headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. But Dave and Dexter's letters came from Grove City, Ohio, where the direct mail service is located.  

The Better Business Bureau says the company membership is under review for its questionable offers.

If you get an offer, don't respond to the letter.

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