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Rhiannon Leetham and the mouth of madness

By johnboy 5 November 2008 82

[First filed: November 04, 2008 @ 09:33]

This isn’t a story I’d usually pursue. But seeing as the mother is hawking a media release I reckon it’s fair game.

The above video is Rhiannon Leetham, 12, of Canberra explaining how wonderful it is being a young entrepreneur.

Sounds great I hear you say. But what is this young business person selling?

A learn to be psychic course, of course.

Because you’re never too young to sell dreams to the gullible.

Credit where it’s due the website is extremely well written for a 12 year old. Sure it’s heavy on block caps and large fonts, but this isn’t a product aimed at a discerning audience.

At the top of the page Rhiannon suggests that signing up to her course might grant such powers as:

    How about having the ability to PREDICT THE NEXT WINNER at the races? Or HEAL sick animals and relatives, using just the power of your mind?

    MAYBE you’d prefer to spend your time flying around places you’ve never even visited – past, present or future. Or tune your ESP to know things you always wanted to know.

    OR JUST PERHAPS you’d use your secret powers to attract love and wealth into your life, without ANY effort whatsoever!

More importantly is the message just down the page in large red block caps: PSYCHIC POWERS ARE COMPLETELY SAFE.

Let’s see how safe you are after lifting $10k off a bookie who finds out you were cheating. Oh wait, maybe they’re safe because they don’t work?

At $99.95 (USD) it’s not cheap, but the website informs, in large letters no less that it’s “GUARANTEED”!

In my opinion it’s bad enough that Charly Leetham, who issued the media release, is profiting from selling moonshine to the public. But throwing a 12 year old out in front of the scam really is a bit much.

UPDATED: Thanks to poptop for digging up Charly Leetham’s website.

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Ginnus 1:45 pm 10 Jun 09

Seems the IT world is treating your favourite Leetham with contempt. She needs a little help it would seem ;). Glad I study networking instead … I’m not likely to be the “Right Resource”.

Mind you I’d question CIT internal vetting procedure for advertising material.

and I quote:

“Attention: To All student

Business Name: The Leetham Trust (trading as ask Charly Letham).

Charyl Leetham is seeking personnel to assist in the delivery of work to clients over the Internet.

they would prefer that successful applicants have their own ABN and act as
subcontractors to our companies although, we may consider a traineeship / cadetship if
the right resource presents itself.

For successful applicants, the work is anticipated to be on an ongoing basis.

Please forward your applications to: charly@aest.biz with Subject Line: CIT – Application For Web Development

Or for any enquiries contact Charly Leetham on 0411 573 983 “

I’ll spare you the attatched mangled docx content for the three positions, needless to say I’d want six figures to work across several European and US timezones …

give her a call if you’re interested …. lol

poptop 2:52 pm 12 Nov 08

All I can say is that all the psychic power, MBA study (from which Institution remains a mystery), mentoring and other foolproof methods don’t appear to have kept this family out of financial harm’s way.

So what’s the lesson?

SheepGroper 12:56 pm 12 Nov 08

Selling their house to end up with a debt of $300K, no wonder the family chooses to believe in fantasy.

Skid – I think your suggested article titles are much better ; – )

neanderthalsis 12:07 pm 12 Nov 08

She obviously prefers to use her own blog to answer the criticisms levelled at her by us Rioters, that way she has control over replies and will only allow the gushing praise of her sycophantic cronies to remain on the site.

At least she fixed up part of her biography, the woman / women bit; the resoning behind the Americanised spelling was a rather poor attempt at reasoning though.

Skidbladnir 10:22 am 12 Nov 08

Oh noes.

Charly seems to have read the site, and be responding to our comments on her own website (and then deleting comments by anyone who isn’t immediately overflowing with praise, or running their own sham website, I guess ‘being able to deal with criticism’ isn’t a requirement of good Internet Marketing)…

Her last four posts since the Press Release have been:

06Nov (Australian time):
Why encourage a child to sell crap to gullible people

07Nov(Australian time):
Even though you’re an Australian and would ordinarily use an S, its easier to give into peer pressure and sacrifice your identity instead of arguing with Americans over a Z.

09Nov(Australian):
How I got my MBA (its real, honestly)

11Nov(Australian):
We’re better off not being bankrupt. Whatever our accountants might tell us, they’re wrong, because we’re setting a good example for our kids by living with and mooching off my parents even though we’re 40.

These are all clear divergences from the theme of previous articles over on http://charlyleetham.com/

poptop 12:45 pm 06 Nov 08

Skidbladnir said :

Wow.
. . .Apparently Charly also recommends a PROFIT GROWTH SYSTEM where ANYONE can make US$200,000pa just by sending this one guy either $495 cash or donating directly to his church, then attending this seminar in one of a dozen nearby hotels, and he will reveal how we can be at LEAST as successful as he is, so long as we give him a share of any EASY INCOME FOR LIFE we earn though it.
All we need to do a few SIMPLE HOURS of work ourselves at first, then sign up a few friends once we show them how SIMPLE and EASY it is, and put them to INCOME EARNING work for us, for only a few SIMPLE HOURS each week. . .

That should sort out the Family Debt in NO TIME AT ALL.

Granny 11:53 am 06 Nov 08

Coming Soon!

“How to make Mommie Dearest look like Winnie-the-bloody-Pooh!” by Charly Leetham

Skidbladnir 11:42 am 06 Nov 08

Wow.
I’m amazed.
Simple internet searches reveal just how many times these people either join scams, or try to build their own hype around whatever scam they’re involved in at the time.

Apparently Charly also recommends a PROFIT GROWTH SYSTEM where ANYONE can make US$200,000pa just by sending this one guy either $495 cash or donating directly to his church, then attending this seminar in one of a dozen nearby hotels, and he will reveal how we can be at LEAST as successful as he is, so long as we give him a share of any EASY INCOME FOR LIFE we earn though it.
All we need to do a few SIMPLE HOURS of work ourselves at first, then sign up a few friends once we show them how SIMPLE and EASY it is, and put them to INCOME EARNING work for us, for only a few SIMPLE HOURS each week.

She’s also got all of her children involved in this other SIMPLE, PROFIT MAKING ENTERPRISE.

Skidbladnir 10:34 am 06 Nov 08

Further to the above, the “[for me]” is put in by me, because otherwise the parents really do need someone to sit down with them and explain how debts in their names are their own debts.

Also, see earlier comments about dodging debtors, and the tax situation.

Skidbladnir 10:25 am 06 Nov 08

This comment of Rhiannon’s roughly sums up how it works:
http://rhiannonleetham.com/blog/?p=1

I first came online around 1 month after my mum did and I started off with a recipe blog… After that my mum and dad decided it was time [for me] to get a blog that makes money. So my dad I went and looked for an affiliate program that catered to my interests and eventually we found the best product and we joined up as an affiliate. In the next two days my site was up and my mum had helped me write a sales page. Now that site is up and it is, thatpsychicgirl.com.

So not actually Rhiannon’s idea for a business (it was her dad’s), it wasn’t actually her choice to go into business (it was both her parents), the motive to generate a profit isn’t hers (again, her parents, and that Bradley Thomson guy), the content there wasn’t just hers (mum ‘helped her write’ it), and its not actually hers or Charly’s press release (its Jenny Ford’s, all they have done is edit the original ever so slightly. See these Google results for “financial educator and mother of three, Jenny Ford”).

So, Trinity Christian School… Are they big into children dealing with demons and the occult, especially for personal profit?
http://www.thercg.org/questions/p163.a.html

Because personally, I’d think it was just a bit outside their Values, Purpose, and Statement of Christian Faith.
http://www.tcs.act.edu.au/General/Values
http://www.tcs.act.edu.au/General/Purpose/document_view
http://www.tcs.act.edu.au/General/StatementOfFaith/document_view

Granny 9:54 am 06 Nov 08

Well, I surely know what I want Santa to bring me. A nice Learn to be Psychic course! Oh the thinks I could think!!

Sign me up, Rhiannon!

I believe in you. I trust you. I know you would never part a little old lady from the hard earned savings from my war widow’s pension. You have such a cute, innocent, sweet little face.

I have never gambled in my life, but I’m sure I’ll be good at it after I get my hands on all your wonderful hints and tips and mystic goodies.

That way I’ll be able to stop the bank from foreclosing on the family home that I settled in with my late husband nearly sixty years ago, before he died in the war. This is my last chance, and I’m desperate!

BerraBoy68 9:52 am 06 Nov 08

Cheers Skid. I thought it all seemed a little too advanced for an 12 year old but too basic for a real flash marketer. What a warped way to instill values in a kid.

peterh 9:48 am 06 Nov 08

and on their own sites, they promote “fighting back”. i have lost money on the stock exchange. my super shows neg growth. I am not running a website saying fight back – help me pay my isp via a donation. I just work a little harder in my now 2 jobs. these people need to suck it up, this begging from the population is as bad as a dole rorter.

I am sending emails out for people to support my mo.

Skidbladnir 9:26 am 06 Nov 08

BerraBoy, its all boilerplate from the original site, who they are reselling\pyramiding for. A man by the name of Bradley Thompson, who also tells people all kinds of useless crap, but here’s his catalogue:
http://www.selfhelpstreet.com/selfhelp/
So no, it wasn’t written by a twelve year old, or a woman, or even an Australian.

But doing some cross-matching on dates across the few blogs, young Rhiannon started taking an interest in, and selling psychic powers roughly a) nine months after her parents realised they were broke, but soon after her mother b) told Rhiannon that she had psychic powers and c) the week before her mother openly admitted on DTAlpha that she had been encouraging her innocent\gullible children to invade forums and in true pyramid scheme style, sell crap to the more gullible people (roughly half way down, post #47).

This media release seems to be an even more desperate attempt to boost sales, and keep the parents’ debtors at bay, by getting income in the children’s names.

Pandy 7:35 am 06 Nov 08

Call ACA?

BerraBoy68 7:07 am 06 Nov 08

I agree with JB. The parents put this kid in the public domain and they have to wear whatever comes of that… the good, the bad, and the ugly. I spent some 10 minutes of my life (that I’ll never get back) looking at her website last night and it obviously wasn’t written by a 12 year old. In fact, I thought the use of a stereotypical fortune teller lurking behind a crystal ball in the header showed a real lack of marketing/advertising smarts. It screams SCAM.

Lets face it, if anyone in the family had done the course and it really works, they’d know there would be negative vibes coming her way over this vid.

If your seriously concerned, call the authorities;)

Granny 11:54 pm 05 Nov 08

The poor little girl will happily take your USD$99.95, MWF. The ‘Bindi’ thing is no joke. Her target audience is children, many of whom are young enough to be taken in by this con and old enough to have access to the money.

Also, show me where the child has been ‘vilified’. That’s extremely strong language. Can you substantiate that claim?

Pandy 11:50 pm 05 Nov 08

Really MWF?

Charly(tan) would know that her little possum is being ridiculed on these pages and yet she does nothing about deleting the video? Shame on the mother.

MWF 11:03 pm 05 Nov 08

johnboy said :

MWF, the video was linked to from the mother’s media release. They’re the ones who’ve put it out there.

It’s staying.

I think it is pretty mean to magnify the villificaion a child in such a small community as Canberra. A child who has no say in it, at all. The child’s parents may not care that their kid is “out there” and being ridiculued. However, I do. Poor little girl.

johnboy 10:47 pm 05 Nov 08

MWF, the video was linked to from the mother’s media release. They’re the ones who’ve put it out there.

It’s staying.

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