n. A person who is manipulated into performing an action that is not in that person's best interest.
Free markets ‘phish’ for phools by making us do things which are good for others, but not necessarily good for ourselves.
—Winston Yap, “George A. Akerlof — Phishing for Phools,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 14, 2015
Technically, “phishing” is the scam whereby fraudsters persuade you to part with your financial details, using emails and websites that look trustworthy. But Shiller and Akerlof argue that deception and manipulation aren’t confined to the fringes of the economy; instead, they’re central to how consumer capitalism works. We’re being phished all the time (making us, in their terminology, phools).
—Oliver Burkeman, “Exploiting gullible people is a modern form of mining,” The Guardian (London), August 07, 2015
—Robert Lewis, “PHISHING: Part 2 Doomed to be a Phool?,” Trustifier, October 25, 2014
Phishing goes after phools that let themselves get scammed by sending along personal info like bank account and social security numbas, hacking is when they go into yer site and send uglys to yer machine. Dig?
—websterjdjr, “Whats the difference between phishing and hacking a computer?” (reply), All Available Info, July 21, 2012
1999 (earliest)
The pharceur was phaking it, phacetiously phishing phor phools to phlame her phor pharting around.
—John Griffin, “the trench coat mafia,” alt.tasteless.jokes, May 03, 1999