Like many others, I received the flattering letter describing how special I was. It appears the story has several different flavors, as I was only asked to fax back a page, and I would be sent the 56-page Orientation document. Although the initial letter proudly claimed how legitimate they are, and pointed out how the envelope had not been sent with bulk postage, I am not bought by that. The quality of the printing looked just like a bulk mailing. If I am so special, I would have expected to see fine vellum paper and a real ink signature! But, because I'm curious, and there was no cost, I faxed in the paper and waited to see what "Cycle Two" might be.
Today I got the 56-page Orientation, which was pretty much a regurgitation of the text of the first letter. Several things bothered me, first of which was the wonderful $139.95 price for the heirloom manuscript. If I am so special, why would someone charge me for this special knowledge? If I'm that great, I would think they would be on their hands and knees begging me to participate, not looking for my credit card number.
But here was my question: how did they find me? This obviously was a scam, but what had I recently done where someone could have gotten my address?
So, like everyone else, I went to trusty Google, and keyed in "secret grove city oh" and came upon the Ripoff Report. And what caught my eye was a reference to Kevin Trudeau.
Several weeks ago I saw a Kevin Trudeau infomercial and decided to get his book, Debt Cures. I received it, read it, and was disturbed by his unethical suggestions about how to get out of debt. So, I called and got an RMA number and shipped the book back to their address in Reno, Nevada. I happen to have family in Reno, and their area code is 775. Funny enough, the same area code on the phone number for The Secret Society. So, they're based in Grove City, OH, but their phone rings in Nevada.
I don't have any proof that this is the connection, but it is very strange to me that I tried Kevin Trudeau's product, found it to be poorly-packaged and unethical, and just a few weeks later I am contacted by a "Secret Society" that, according to other Ripoff Reports, may be connected to Kevin Trudeau. I have the packing slip from Kevin Trudeau somewhere, and I'm going to continue researching.
By the way, I did look up the site www.thesocietyofsecrets.com, and it definitely appears to be the site for this same group. I noticed "Your Friday Night Essence" (funny how Fridays seem to figure in here) and "The Ten-Second Miracle", which is mentioned in the 56-page Orientation.
If I had a little more time on my hands, I'd buy that 1200-page heirloom manuscript and take them up on their 90-day money-back guarantee -- but you know, I may just have progressed a bit too far into Cycle Two. After all, I may be special, but I'm not so special that the Society and my mentor can waste any more time on me. Until I get the next letter, of course.
Grand Rapids, Michigan