Earlier this week, a 20-year old British male, David Russell, posed as Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes on Facebook, lured an American teen over to the UK and attempted to murder her. The full story can be read in an article posted on the Daily Mail website by clicking here.
After learning these events, Oli Sykes posted the following response to the news:
“I woke up to the news in LA, and didn’t really believe it at first. It’s very unsettling. I’m aware that people have used my identity for pranks and whatever, which has always been something that’s been uncomfortable for me, but for something like this to happen is terrifying. My heart goes out to Maricar and hope she recovers soon. I would also urge anyone using social networking sites about a really great foundation called the Carly Ryan foundation (carlyryanfoundation.com). Carly suffered a fate worse even worse than this case but the story isn’t worlds apart. The foundation was set up to raise awareness and educate people on the risks of meeting people online. Stay safe and be careful.”