brand spoof

phish

[fish]
verb (used without object)
1.
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make (someone) a victim in this way: If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Sometimes, brand spoof.
Compare vish.


Origin:
1995–2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish

phisher, noun
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