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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.
to make (someone) a victim in this way:
If you’ve been phished, you should cancel your credit cards immediately.
Contemporary Examples

Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on SOTU, the Super Bowl and Nukes P. J. O’Rourke January 30, 2014
This Week’s Hot Apps: Dec. 13, 2013 Brian Ries December 12, 2013
Middle East Uprising: Facebook’s Secret Role in Egypt Mike Giglio February 23, 2011

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