Update July 2017: The Empower Network went bankrupt.

Friends and internet neighbors, there is a money making opportunity that is being spread here on Youtube and the blogging World. It is called the Empower Network.  It is promoted as a Viral Blogging Network and a business opportunity.  The creators of the Empower Network are Dave Wood and Dave Sharpe. Sick of chasing the guru, buying product after product, looking for the formula, STOP! You will not find it with the Empower Network scam.

Empower Network Scam Claims:

Empower Network Is Printin’ Private Island Money with A Secret Online Wealth Creation S.Y.S.T.E.M.


“Follow this step-by-step blueprint and virtually guarantee your success!!” – The $15K/Mo Formula Training ($1,000 / one time)


Here is the reality of this scam:

One of the biggest promoters of this scam is the convicted con man Vick Strizheus. 

Empower Network is not BBB accredited and currently has a D rating with the following alert “BBB files indicate that this business has a pattern of complaints concerning misrepresentation in selling practices.” Please file a complaint with the BBB if you have lost money to the Empower Network.  (The ratings provided by the BBB are a scam in my opinion.  The complaints from customers and alerts are not.)  Don’t forget to file a complaint with the FTC as well.


Empower Network now has a 14 day refund policy.  They have changed to this policy after I made my video.

Blogging is free or very low cost.

They offer you a prepackaged product-based pyramid scheme you run on their blog.

Empower Network Links are blocked on Facebook.

Compensation Plan

Currently, all of their products operate on a “dynamic powerline” system, where the 1st, 3rd and 5th and then every 5th sale thereafter of every product passes to the qualifying sponsor, and you keep the commissions on the purchase and ongoing commissions on all other personal sales on products you qualify for. – Source Empower Network Compensation Plan

Income Disclosure

(The income statement for the Empower Network has been updated and my old income averages listed in the video are not current.)

95% of people make under $3,792 per year.

95% of people on average will  lose money by going all in.

45% of people on average are making $312 per year.

Less than 4% earn sufficient commissions to cover the costs of the Empower Network products. – Source Empower Network Income Disclosure

The FTC has received more than 160 complaints about the Empower Network. In the complaints, which the FTC released to truthinadvertising.org in response to a Freedom of Information request, consumers said the company offered products that did not have any useful information, they were pressured into investing thousands of dollars to qualify for higher commissions but ended up in debt, and were pushed into recruiting others to earn revenue. When they asked for refunds on the products they found useless, and requested the company stop charging their credit cards each month, the company gave them a hard time. – Source truthinadvertising.org

How-to File a Complaint With The FTC


The reality is the Empower Network scam is a product-based pyramid scheme.  They “Virtually Guarantee” your success if you buy their full set of products, but in reality you are virtually guaranteed to lose money if you buy their full set of products.  For a long time they did not even have a return policy and now they offer you 14 days.  This company is taking advantage of new marketers and bullies them out of their money by calling them wussies if they don’t give it to them.

Big Idea Mastermind And Vick Strizheus Are A Scam?

Justin Verrengia Is A Scam Artist?

What is a product-based pyramid scheme?

Here is another powerful review of the Empower Network you should read.


The owners of this company will use any means to market their scam.  Dave Sharpe is now using his Hep-C infection to sell the Empower Network.

David Sharpe Co-Owner Empower Network : http://davidsharpeonline.com/2014/03/05/will-you-help-me-save-my-life/

Over the last several years, I’ve been extremely open with my past and present struggles to everyone in my business and personal life.

So here’s what I’m dealing with right now:

I’ve got Hepatitis-C.

I’m 99% sure I contracted it from sharing a needle with someone who had it back when I was in the grips of my heroin addiction. And even though on February 3rd of this year I celebrated 6 years clean and sober….this has been the quiet gorilla I’ve carried around on my back for the last 6 years.

A few quick facts about Hep-C.

– Hep C is spread primarily by blood-to-blood contact associated with intravenous drug use, poorly sterilized medical equipment and transfusions. An estimated 150–200 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C.

– Hepatitis C is the leading reason for liver transplantation.

– No vaccine against hepatitis C is available.

– More than 350,000 people die every year from hepatitis C-related liver diseases.

So A LOT of people have it, and because the symptoms can be little-to-none for years, many people don’t find out until it’s too late.

About 75–85 % of newly infected persons develop chronic infection and 60–70% of chronically infected people develop chronic liver disease; 5–20% develop cirrhosis and 1–5% die from cirrhosis or liver cancer. In 25% of liver cancer patients, the underlying cause is hepatitis C. Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/

So why didn’t I get treatment for it before this? Frankly, I was scared. I procrastinated. It wasn’t effecting me on the surface as far as any noticeable symptoms so it was easy for me to put it on the back burner.

But I do have it, and it’s getting worse. And I need to get help for it, now.

So I am (finally) because I was able to get insurance since of the recent health bill went into effect which made it possible for someone with a “pre-existing” condition to get approved, and because I’m ready to face two of my biggest fears, which are:

1) Going through treatment for the virus and dealing with the chance I might not clear it, as well as any side effects of the treatment.

2) Publicly sharing I have Hepatitis-C and becoming vulnerable to all the possible judgement and stigma that comes along with having a virus that could become terminal if I don’t treat it.

But I’m ready to face this.

The good news is a new medication recently came out with a very good success rate and the total time on is much less than previous treatments. So I stand a good change at being cured. The bad news is I might not. …