Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Phishing is Fishing in a Lake.
When you're fishing in a lake, you're trying to catch a fish. When you're phishing on the internet, you're trying to "catch" a victim's personal information. To catch a fish, you must use a bait to lure the fish to your hook. To bait a victim, you send a fake email impersonating one of many legitimate websites the victim might be familiar with. The fish believes that the bait is a normal meal. The victim believes the email is a legitimate request to provide their username and password, or even other sensitive information. The result of both can be disastrous.panutat