Let me relate something that just happened to me. Just before I took a break to play some video games, I got an email from a person I know The subject line was this: Final Reminder: XXXXX claims to know you (circle of trust promotion).
So I opened it and it stated it was my final reminder to confirm my trust relationship and had a button to confirm. It also had a button a bit lower that that said something along the line of "Not sure you know XXXX" and the button said to "view pictures".
So I clicked on the view pictures button to make sure it was who I thought it was. Gmail immediately brought up a windows asking if I give this empowr site permission to access my address book and other information. I thought what is this BS and said no and closed the window.
I played my game and got back on the computer to check my email. I had 2 new emails from empowr. One was a welcome email from my coach and another one which was a notification someone liked my photo.(?)
I opened the welcome email from my "coach" from empowr introducing himself. At the bottom of the email was this p.s.
"P.S. I know that when signing up, many folks don't read the product terms that they agreed to (here they are again for your review). I highly recommend that you take a moment to read it or watch a quick video if that sounds like more fun than reading, because empowr is a complex economy, as opposed to a simple website. Let me know if you have any questions."
There was a button to reply to my new, unasked for, coach in something I NEVER signed up for in the first place. I was sent to my account page with a place to reply to my coach and rate them.
Well, I rated him alright. I made it clear, and in no uncertain terms, I was NOT a happy camper for them not only violating my privacy, but to illegally sign me up for their program without my consent and whatever other federal and state laws those things breaks. I requested very pleasantly (heh, yeah) to remove any and all of the illegally obtained data they got from me and NEVER darken my inbox again.
I then saw they had an unsubscribe link in the email and clicked it, there was an option to delete your account (the account I NEVER signed up for in the first place) - so I did.
Then my curiosity kicked in as to what the heck (i did have to calm down before writing this a bit or it would be NSFW and get me banned from the forum for obscenity) IS empowr? So I did a search and found a TON of crap which were reviews and such all leading to people to join empowr - except this one!
From the name I had originally thought it was a rebirth of empower network or something - not so. I do know it is a US company out of San Diego, CA so I will be spending some time tomorrow filling out forms and sending emails to report this to the FTC and other agencies.
I have already emailed the person who supposedly sent the invitation and told them what happened and if they are really in it to RUN. I have emailed everyone I know to NOT open any emails from them.
You have been warned!