By definition, a ripoff means that someone lost money on a bad purchase. I did not respond to this company, so, by definition, I was not ripped off. However, some gullible people may be, so I am posting this warning.
The Nouveau Society sent me a letter claiming that a secret society of well known millionaires, professional gamblers, actors, musicians, scientists, intellectuals, Casanovas and statesmen exists. They have, the letter claims, been secretly investigating me to see if I qualify for membership. (Amazing. The letter says I passed. Gee, I hope I get to meet Meg Ryan).
The letter goes on for eight single-spaced typewritten pages and claims they give members legitimate secrets that will give the holder money, power and love. The writer states that when he was inducted, he was directed to a library where he was handed a book that contained a copy of a 2300 year old manuscript. (That manuscript must have been written in on papyrus in a language other than English. What was the library's Rare Book Curator thinking? He must have been a world class dunce. If that book is available in a library - go to your library and ask for it. Simply say you want the book that will give you money, power and love.)
(Any sales pitch that requires eight pages to make a point is not exactly a hot item. I saw a single column 5 inch long item in the newspaper that prompted me to make a modest stock purchase. Now THAT is a hot item.)
Somehow, we are to believe that all this is free. Who is sponsoring this? It costs something. This is merely the bait. When something sounds too good to be true - it most likely is.
The Nouveau Society wants you to believe that famous people are truly interested in having YOU join their secret society. Well, if Steve Forbes, (millionaire) Marshall Fey, (gambler) Brad Pitt, (actor) Beverly Sills, (musician) Alan Horwitz, MD, (scientist) Thomas Sowell, (intellectual) Warren Beatty, (Casanova) and Condoleezza Rice (statesman) are eager to meet me, please ask them to come to my town where we shall dine at a four star Zagat-rated restaurant - my treat.
Oh, I almost forgot. The letter writer asks you to be impressed that their letter was not a bulk mailing. You are asked to notice they sent it to you with a 37cent stamp. Maybe it's just me, but when I get an important document it is sent either certified mail or via a fst delivery service with tracking and a notice is then sent to the sender that I received it.