Phishing

/ˈfɪʃɪŋ/

Origin

1995–2000; respelling (influenced by phreak) of fish (Source: dictionary.com)

1990s respelling of fishing, on the pattern of phreak. (Source: lexico.com)

Definitions of Phishing

Phishing

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.

dictionary.com

Phishing

verb (used with object)

  1. to make (someone) a victim in this way:

dictionary.com

Phishing

noun

  1. the practice of using fraudulent e-mails and copies of legitimate websites to extract financial data from computer users for purposes of identity theft

dictionary.com

Phishing

noun

  1. The fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

lexico.com

Phishing

noun

  1. : a scam by which an Internet user is duped (as by a deceptive e-mail message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly

merriam-webster.com

Example sentences for Phishing

  1. One challenge is that this isn't a virus or a hacker attack—it's just a phishing scam, an attempt to trick people.
  2. Once a user had heard about this phishing expedition, though, they were unlikely to engage with it again.
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