verb (used without object)
to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an email 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)
to make (someone) a victim in this way: If you've been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Sometimes, brand spoof.
Origin: 1995–2000; Related forms
respelling (influenced by phreak
) of fish