Monday, August 29, 2005

Beware the bogus booksellers...

Today my mum received a letter of about 6 pages from a society calling themselves the Nuova Tech Society. It was sent via first class mail and was full enough of weird shit to make me get online and check them out.

Nuova Tech is part of Neo-Tech Publishing and is suspiciously closely related to Novus Tek, NeoTech, NuovoTech and other similar sounding 'societies'. Basically it's a way to sell incredibly overpriced books which are full of crap. It looks to be a kind of quasi-religious society, that craps on about today's economical, moral and political 'anticivilization' or something.

In the 6 page letter, my mum was told that she had 'several rare traits' when analyse by people from an 'exclusive association, a secret society' and she could become part of the society to learn all its secrets and lead a fairytale life, basically. All she has to do is to send the form back for some 'free' information, but it must be done by a certain date, otherwise she would be too far into 'phase two'.

Let me say, what utter twaddle. Having gone online like any sensible person, I have found the following:

If you are silly enough to send away for the free information, you get a very slim booklet, which basically has the same content as the letter, but in cheap pamphlet form. You also get an order form for the book of supposed 'secrets', which will cost $138. Yes that's right, not so free after all. You are then apparently sent more letters advertising further books which all cost a bomb if you decide to go ahead.

The website for all this (but which obviously doesn't tell you what I just told you) is and the lady in charge goes by the trade name of Barbie Diamond, and it's based in Las Vegas, so if alarm bells aren't going off already, THEY SHOULD BE!!!!

So yeah. That's all there in case you do actually receive a letter. Apparently my mum's one of only seven in the world to receive such a letter, but I somehow doubt it. I'm sure there are more than seven gullible people in America's deep South alone, never mind Australia.



Anonymous said...

Thanks R for your neat analysis of the Nuovo Tech thing. Just got a letter from them today but don't think I'll bother to answer it now...

Quite Gullible (in the Deep South of Britain)

Anonymous said...

ya my nana just got a letter. Same crap on it. lol what a bunch of crooks.

Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for creating this site!
I got the same letter today full of bullshit!
Obviously threw it where it belongs (in the trash can!!!

Anonymous said...

This is julie in Queensland Australia and I got the same letter. I received it on 6/12/05 and was told that my reply had to be received by them in Las Vagas by 7/12/05. I would have had to fax it but I don't have a fax so I was thinking I had missed my opportunity to get those 'secrets'. Happy now I found this site and know it was all a hoax.

Anonymous said...

received the same crap, but what concerns me is how the heck they got my name? what is worst they spelt my name wrong.. Where's the Nuovatech sense coming from? Mars?

Local from Sydney down under!

R said...

Oh my god!

When I put this up I never thought anyone would read it! I was half joking when I said 'in cse any of you get a letter'. Well I'm really glad that you all found it helpful and weren't conned!


bi said...

Nouveau-Tech? Pax Neo-TeX for great justice! :)