vish

vish

[vish]
verb (used without object)
1.
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from people by placing phone calls, typically automated, that seem to be from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution: an increase in vishing, facilitated by voIP, an Internet-based phone system.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make a victim in this way: I was vished and now my bank account is empty!
Compare phish.


Origin:
2005–10; v(oice) + (ph)ish

visher, noun
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