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Celsius creditors flag renewed phishing attacks ahead of bankruptcy plan

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Creditors from bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network are again being targeted in a new wave of phishing attacks as the crypto lender’s bankruptcy proceedings enter its final stages.

Reports on social media over the past week have shown an increase in phishing attacks from scammers impersonating Stretto, the bankruptcy services platform for crypto lender Celsius and its creditors. 

One user reported receiving three phishing emails claiming to be from Celsius on Sept. 18.

Others reported receiving fake emails with malicious links attempting to impersonate Stretto, the claims agent handling the bankruptcy case.

The fake website, which drops an “s” from the genuine URL, pops up a connect wallet prompt, allowing the scammers to drain the crypto asset contents when connected.

One analyst and business manager said phishing attacks would likely increase as the Celsius bankruptcy proceedings approach their final stages. He advised taking precautions and double-checking links.

In mid-August, Celsius was authorized to start sending out ballots to its customers for a vote on a proposed settlement plan. Scammers are using this to ramp up phishing attacks around the voting deadline.

According to Simon Dixon, CEO and co-founder of the online investment platform BnkToTheFuture, the final date for voting was Sept. 18, with the report scheduled for Sept. 20, and a confirmation hearing slated for Sept. 29.

Celsius intends to seek final court approval of its restructuring plan on Oct. 2.

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The phishing attacks appear to stem from previous data breaches, including a Celsius Network email server breach in April 2021 that leaked user details, leading to malicious emails to those users.

The embattled crypto lender revealed more of its customer data had been leaked in another third-party data breach in July 2022, which led to another wave of phishing attacks.

Customers of the crypto lender have been waiting to be made whole ever since Celsius halted withdrawals in June 2022 after the collapse of the Terra ecosystem. The crypto lender filed for bankruptcy the following month.

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