Phisher



[fish] /fɪʃ/

verb (used without object)
1.
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)
2.
to make (someone) a victim in this way:
If you’ve been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
noun

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

See phish
verb

to send ruse e-mail with a link to a replica of an existing web page, designed to fool users into submitting personal, financial, or password information; to defraud someone using this method; also, to create a website replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords
Examples

1990s; prob fr fishing, borrowing the ph from phony
Word Origin

computing; also phishing , (n.), phisher , (n.)

verb

To lure unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking e-mail with the real organization’s logo, in an attempt to steal passwords or financial or personal information or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords (1996+)

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