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phishing Syllabification: phish·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfiSHiNG/

Definition of phishing in English:


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.
Example sentences
  • The modern era of phishing is exemplified by emails messages from Nigerians posing as business partners trying to move money out of the African country.
  • The second issue I have is that the most common attacks today collect passwords through phishing.
  • To avoid being a victim of phishing, never respond to e-mail requests for personal information, no matter how official the message looks.


Example sentences
  • The claim here is that phishing is only illegal after someone is defrauded - and this law will make the actions required to phish (the fake website and fake email) illegal as well.
  • In February, a Minnesota scammer who phished PayPal members, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court.
  • Since it claims they will block these sites, will a user who gets phished be able to sue it for not living up to their promise to block those sites?
Example sentences
  • The requirements were partially a reflection of the threat landscape of more than two years ago, which was dominated by phishers.
  • Anyone operating on behalf of a known spammer or phisher would receive the same punishment.
  • At first phishing consisted only of a social engineering scam in which phishers spammed consumer e-mail accounts with letters ostensibly from banks.


1990s: respelling of fishing, on the pattern of phreaking.

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