Scam targets family of Olivia Podmore with fake donation page

Scammers are targeting people wanting to donate to the family of former New Zealand Olympic track cyclist Olivia Podmore, who died earlier this week.

Podmore died on Monday after a troubling social media post about the pressure of elite sport. She was 24 years old.

Podmore's brother Mitchell on Tuesday posted a screenshot of the fake page on social media, called "Help Olivia Podmore".

The page was still live on Wednesday morning. Newshub has contacted GoGetFunding for comment.

"I hope this is not what I'm seeing, the Podmore's have not started a go get funding or give a little page," Mitchell said on Facebook. "Do not react to this."

On Tuesday, former Olympic rower Eric Murray paid tribute to his close friend Olivia. He and his girlfriend had just spent a weekend with her in Queenstown, he said.

Murray said her death was a shock and a tragedy.

"It reverberates not just through the Cambridge community, but also her home in Christchurch. Her death also reverberates through the New Zealand cycling team, the New Zealand Olympic team, and the worldwide sporting community.

"We have lost a sister, a friend, and a fighter who lost that will of fight inside of her."

Both Sport and Cycling New Zealand have said they're doing everything they can for those affected by Podmore's death. 

Where to find help and support: 

  • Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737
  • What's Up - 0800 WHATS UP (0800 942 8787)
  • Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
  • Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email or online chat
  • Samaritans - 0800 726 666
  • Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)