South Carolina consumers are being warned about a new payment method for scams.
The state Department of Consumer Affairs says wire transfer is the most common method scammers use to ask for payment.
But the agency says about 20% of its scam reports in recent months involved prepaid money cards.
The new twist is being applied to a variety of common uses, including lottery or sweepstakes schemes, impostor scams and loan fraud.
Officials say prepaid money cards make it tougher to track the funds.
They caution when you're requested to pay with a prepaid money card, remember that allowing a scammer access to the card's serial number is just like handing over cash and there's no refund policy for those cards.