Reports had emerged thta there has been a certain number of scam videos from YouTube channels pretending to be Metallica. These appeared to be interviews done in live stream, falsely claiming that Metallica is streaming a new album. In the live chat section, there was a web page leading to a false cryptocurrency giveaway. The good old “double your money” scheme.
As KMAN reports, a man from Manhattan was scammed after giving away about $25,500 worth of Bitcoin to a yet unknown suspect. As of this writing, these videos and channels seem to be present on YouTube.
Metallica issues statement on the matter
Metallica also addressed the issue through their social media channels. The statement reads:
“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. 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.
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. 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!
As a reminder, these are the official Metallica channels:
Website: metallica.com, livemetallica.com
Be familiar with the symbols that indicate an official channel and report anything that is a scam!”