Metallica warn of crypto giveaway scam using the band's name

Metallica warn of crypto giveaway scam using the band's name

Metallica issued a warning this week against fake social media pages that are scamming people using the name of the band. 

Metallica / Instagram

Fans of heavy metal band Metallica have become the latest victims of online con artists who use celebrity brands to defraud people.

According to a statement released by the band on Tuesday, scammers have been using their new album and upcoming tour to try and scam people. 

"In the wake of last week’s exciting news of our new song, new album, and new tour, unfortunately the ugly side of social media made an appearance," read a statement on Metallica's IG page.

The defrauders have been using several social media pages to promote Metallica Crypto Giveaways which are not real. 

"Many of you have let us know about YouTube channels and live streams, as well as websites, claiming to offer Metallica Crypto giveaways in conjunction with last week’s announcement," states the statement. 

"Let’s be as clear as possible. These are scams. They’re being streamed on fake YouTube channels posing to be ours and all pointing to websites that we do not run." 

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The band asked its fans to always look for official verification on any site that claims to belong to Metallica.  

"Please remember — all of our official social media channels are verified. Always look for official verification before believing something wild and crazy to be true. We thank all of you who have been vigilant in reporting these live streams to YouTube and to us… please don’t let up!"

It also asked people to report scammers. 

"Be familiar with the symbols that indicate an official channel and report anything that is a scam!"

See the full statement below:

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Last week, Metallica released a new song called, 'Lux Æterna'. It will feature on their new album, '72 Seasons', which is due for release in 2023. The band also announced a world tour to promote their latest offering.

Listen to 'Lux Æterna' below:

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