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Phish·ing/'Fishing/

    <noun> The act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organization. This is usually combined with a threat or request for information: for example, that an account will close, a balance is due, or information is missing from an account. The email will ask the recipient to supply confidential information, such as bank account details, PINs, or passwords; these details are then used by the owners of the website to conduct fraud.
 
 

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