(WWLP) – “Phishing” scams have been around for years, and they are a popular way for scammers to steal your credit cards and personal information.

The following are ways to protect yourself, according to Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC):

  • Never provide your personal information in response to an unsolicited request.
  • Never provide your password over the phone, or in response to an unsolicited Internet request.
  • Review account statements regularly, to ensure all charges are correct.
  • If you are unsure about something, call the company directly. Phishing scams can do severe damage to your financial history and personal reputation, which can take years to fix.