phisher

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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Main Entry:  phisher
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a person who sends out legitimate-looking e-mails appearing to come from some of the Web's biggest sites (shopping sites, Internet Service Providers, etc.) in an effort to get personal and financial information from the recipient
Main Entry:  phisher
Part of Speech:  n.
Definition:  See phish
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