To be honest, when I recieved my letter from the Secret Society, telling me that I had been hand picked to join their elite group because I possessed 'rare, hidden traits', I was rather excited. It was a nice pick-me-up from the gloom of a recent family death and the hard patch of life I've hit. Yet it made me suspicious; why would these people want to send me a FREE copy of a book that would 'change my life'? What's in it for them?
Since the first letter asked for no personal information (although the fact that they already knew my address and seemed to know I was down on my luck was rather disturbing) or money, I checked the box requesting my free copy just to see what it was. A week or so later, I recieved another letter, and the first copy of "The Greatest Kept Secret of All Time!" - and a second letter within saying that if I wanted the full, inside secrets of the Society, I had to pay approximately $140 for the 1200 page Secret Society Inside Secrets book (the second and final installment). Considering that they hadn't mentioned a second book to attain these supposed 2300 year old secrets to gain money, power, and love before, I must admit it was a let-down and an obvious scam.
"The Greatest Kept Secret of All Time" was a complete waste of paper, only telling me 5 "Amazing" stories of anonymous people (except for the first, Kirsten Hart) who went from rags to riches because of this Secret Society. It gave me no promised 'enlightenment', and half of the stories were slightly adjusted and extended versions of the stories told in the very first letter I recieved. Even more insulting, there's a pathetic attempt to convince you if you doubt it's genuiness, by telling you that if you do not understand the secrets this 56 page Orientation contains, you simply absorb them subconciously, especially if you focus on the words in bold print, claiming there was a secret code hidden there. Also, within 3 days amazing things are supposed to start happening, encouraging you to send them your credit card number or a check or money order for their second book.
This scam is terrible, as it preys on people like me who hope for something more meaningful out of life, and those down on their luck. It lures you in, especially if you have low self-esteem, by praising how special you are, how talented you are, and how rich and successful you're going to be thanks to them. The writers take a friendly, inviting approach, giving the illusion that you have these smart, famous, rich and powerful strangers out there who care about you and know you. It's a disgusting breech of the trust of those in need.
The Orientation booklet claims this Society is linked to the Illuminati, as if this is supposed to convince you that it is legitimate, and repeatedly says that all the stories can be verified and are "completely true". It promises people in need the things they want most of out life - your emotional and physical well-being restored, your love life blooming, your debts gone and your bank account overflowing, control over all other people and the ability to read their thoughts and predict the future. It convieniantly insists you send your check (or credit card number or money order) by the Friday of the week you recieved your letter on (because they won't send you their Secret Society's Inner Secrets later for any price because you will have progressed too far into 'Cycle Two'), and in the Orientation state that if you absorbed The Greatest Kept Secret of All Time contained in the 5 stories/56 pages, you'd have 3 major positive life changes within TWO weeks. Nice for them that they get their money before you could've experienced these so-called amazing changes.
They try to sell the idea of inclusion, fame and money and power, love and emotional health/peace of mind, and the idea that this is an ancient secret society 2300 years old that originated in ancient Greece. To pay to recieve 'installment number two of two' (The Secret Society's Inner Secrets), they want you to want what they're promising badly enough to cough it up, and they want you to believe that you're becoming part of something ancient and sacred, and this book would be an heirloom. IF they were an ancient secret society, I highly doubt they'd be picking members - strangers - through mail, or trying so hard to sell themselves. Please don't believe this hideous scam.