Complaint against Empower Network LLC
146 2nd St N Ste 201
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
My complaint is that this company are misleading in their sales information and are using hypnotic marketing methods to recruit people.
I am Zane ONeill approx 6 weeks ago I was sent an email by a friend inviting me to join a business opportunity.
I am based in Rotorua, New Zealand.
This was the video I was sent: http://www.empowernetwork.com/commissionloophole.php
In the video David Wood (presenter/owner) shows me his bank account earnings of approx $200K in one account and $300K in another from what he made from using his own system.
approx 10-15 video testimonials are shown of new members who have joined and they made between $20K- and $50K in their first 30 days of joining.
Clearly there is a disclaimer stating that my income may not be the same as that but it is possible for me to make that same money in 30days.
I think it is misleading because on further research after I joined, it is apparent that these people who made between $20K and $50K in their first 30 days are established professional internet and mlm marketers who David Wood recruited to launch his business and these testimonial people bought on their databases of people to buy into it, so yes they all made that money and David Wood made his $200K and $300K. I think that is misleading, as a newbie to internet marketing, I felt deceived, thinking it was possible to earn that, I think if he states these are top interenet marketers in his video everything would be fine. He does not promote what the average Empower network marketer is currently making.
Secondly he promotes if I buy his blogging system for $25 it will be Viral, that is misleading because I bough a blog and it did not go viral, his domain Empowernetwork.com is viral yes, as he has 40,000 people using the blogging system on the Empower Network domain. But I tried doing a google search for my blogs and I could not find one blog of my own, therefore it is not viral and I have been mislead.
I know it is not illegal to not have a refund policy, but there is a strict no refund policy, alarm bells in my books, yes I should of realised this before I bought in, but I was sold by how much money I could make with his system.
The company structure looks dodgy, David wood lives in Costa Rica, the Empower Network payout bank account is in london and he has his company registered as a foreign entity from Delaware in Florida, Im not sure if any of that information applies or not, just seems very avoiding tax or something like that, probrably legal I do not know enough about it.
In some of his training videos when I purchase the $25 blogging system, he uses hypnotic marketing methods and at the end he calls me a WUSSIE if I do not get ALL IN and buy the whole suite of training products, a further $1600 investment. People
are falling for this and just handing him the money.
That is unethical and damaging to me.
In the commission loophole video he states I get 100% commissions on all of my sales (of selling the same $25 blogging system to others), but on my 2nd, 4th, 6th and every 5th sale there after I must forfeit my commission which goes to my sponsor, so I am actually receiving 50% commission, not 100% , yes he says they pass up to my sponsor, but it is deceiving as he says I get 100% commissions on ALL of my sales.
I invested $1000 on his advice in the training videos on PPC advertising on Facebook and other places and told to point my internet advertising to the commission loophole video with my id on it so Im compensated and if I get people signing up from
that link and advertising- they are my recruits, I did not get one sale from the advice to do PPC advertising and I would like a full refund back for that.
I think Empower Network would be fine, if the were upfront and honest in the sales videos and marketing material.