Metallica Issue Scam Warning To Fans: 'The Ugly Side Of Social Media'

7 December 2022 | 12:04 pm | Mary Varvaris

Scammers are trying to take advantage of enthusiastic Metallica fans; the band reminds people of their official social media channels.

Metallica Issue Scam Warning To Fans: 'The Ugly Side Of Social Media'

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It's an exciting time to be a Metallica fan unless someone succeeds in scamming you via Crypto when you're just trying to watch a new video.

The Unforgiven band are currently using their platform in an attempt to stamp out scammers. "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," the group wrote on Instagram.

"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."

Metallica firmly added: "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."

The band urged fans to remember why people as famous as Metallica need blue-tick accounts, to begin with: a verified account stands out as one genuine account amongst a swath of scammers.

"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!"

Metallica ended the post with links to all their official social media platforms.

Last week, Metallica announced a new album, 72 Seasons, and a new tour - no, Australia and New Zealand don't feature on the tour dates.

The legendary heavy metal band unveiled the zippy, fun first single, Lux Æterna, which is a fantastic way to introduce new music. 72 Seasons will be 12 songs and 77 minutes long and produced by Greg Fidelman alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The album is Metallica's first since 2016's Hardwired … To Self-Destruct

Hetfield said about the album: "72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves.

"The concept that we were told 'who we are' by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how they affect our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is a reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry."

Pre-order 72 Seasons here.