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What is the secret society scam?

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The Secret Society scam is an ambitious letter campaign that promises the recipient a set of secrets to wealth and power free of charge, says the LA Times. The 10-page letter is personalized, as its author claims to have been watching the recipient and has deemed him or her worthy of the secrets.

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A longislandmagazine.com article from Aug. 19, 2014, details the letter, calling it "creepy." The article also notes that a lot of people have been taken in by the letter, which offers free membership in The Secret Society in addition to the free secrets. The catch is that the freebies are a prelude to seeking $139.95 by credit card or check to obtain a life-improving 1,200-paged manuscript, the article reports.

A Nov. 18, 2013, LA Times story reported that the author of the manuscript and the man behind the Society letter campaign is a man using the pseudonym Mark Hamilton. He heads up Neo-Tech, an Ayn Rand-inspired movement that's been around since the 1980s under various guises, including Neo-Tech, Neothink, Nouveau Tech and Novatech, according to the article.

The ripoffreport.com website had 190 scam reports about The Secret Society as of June 2015. The oldest report was dated June 18, 2007. The most recent report on the site was Feb. 18, 2015.

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