[ fish ]
/ fɪʃ /
Digital Technology

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 .
Compare spoof (def. 6), vish.

Origin of phish

First recorded in 1995–2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish


phisher, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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