The founding member and the lead guitarist of Testament, Alex Skolnick, recently posted a photo on his Instagram account and exposed yet another fake account that claims it’s Skolnick’s official account, and warned his fans about how these accounts sometimes try to trick people into giving their credit card number or other personal information.
Alex Skolnick is one of the most famous thrash metal guitarists in the metal scene and he is known for his successful career as the lead guitarist of Testament between 1983 and 1993, and then again from 2005 until this day. He has also collaborated with numerous musicians and performed with other bands such as Metal Allegiance, the Alex Skolnick Trio, and Savatage.
In a Guitar World reader’s poll, Skolnick was chosen as one of the best guitarists of all time and he is widely considered to be one of the fastest guitarists ever. Thus, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are a lot of people who wish to run scams using his fame and name. However, it seems like Skolnick has gotten sick of it, and with his latest Instagram post, he hoped to shed some light on this matter.
Skolnick posted the photo of yet another fake account created with his name and warned his fans about accounts like these. He said that there have been instances in which a fake account asked fans to give their credit card number, banking details, or other personal information. There was even one account that asked for the help of Skolnick’s fans to recover a ‘lost briefcase full of cash.’
Alex Skolnick said that he really doesn’t understand why this is happening so often and while warning his fans, he also criticized the people who are wasting their time on these scams. He asked them whether it’s worth spending ‘one’s limited time and energy on this earth’ on unnecessary scams like these. He finished his message by thanking his fans for their support and asking them to block this fake account.
Here’s what Alex Skolnick said in the caption of his recent Instagram post:
“Another one… who knew I was so famous? I kid. Actually, quite a few musicians are dealing with this now, it’s like an epidemic. Once again, if ‘I’ reach out to you, start following you and especially start asking for your credit card number, banking info, and other personal info (there was one that had me asking for your help recovering my ‘lost briefcase full of cash’ 🤣), then – NEWS FLASH – it ain’t ‘me.’ It seems there’s a new one of these every week or so. These things are not the result of us being ‘hacked’ by the way, they are whole new accounts built to look like musicians’ actual pages, as you can see by comparing (they even have my most recent bio link, the Premier Guitar piece, so it’s obviously created in the last week or so).”
He went on to say:
“I have no idea who’s behind these scams and don’t know why they bother – it’s hard to think of a bigger waste of one’s limited time and energy on this earth (You who did this – Is this what you want to be doing with your life? Are you proud of this? Don’t you have something better to do with yourself?). As always, kindly report and block. Thank you.”
Click here to check out the photo that Alex Skolnick posted on his Instagram account.