Biketober, a month-long event promoting cycling in Ōtautahi in October, has been targeted by a scam.

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Biketober, a month-long event promoting cycling in Ōtautahi in October, has been targeted by a scam.

A Christchurch community event has been targeted by a social media scam trying to extract credit card details from bike enthusiasts.

A fake Facebook account, believed to have been set up by overseas scam artists, stole the name and event details of Biketober – a month-long festival of cycling held each October – and began messaging more than 1200 followers on Saturday.

They were told they had won a coveted limited edition t-shirt the real event was running a competition for.

Biketober co-ordinator Robert Fleming said it had been “quite a little journey” dealing with the “nuisance” Facebook scam.

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