phish

[ fish ]
/ fɪʃ /

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.

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decorum
Sometimes brand spoof.
Compare vish.

Origin of phish

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

OTHER WORDS FROM phish

phish·er, noun
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