DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) —The Durant Police Department is seeing in uptick in scams.

Detective Brandon Mitchell said scammers are asking their victims to put money on gift cards or Green Dot payment cards.

"One thing is that government agencies, local law enforcement, banks... we are not ever going to ask you to put money on a gift card or Green Dot card to pay for anything," he said.

AARP Oklahoma associate state director Joy McGill said these types of scams are becoming more common as we depend more on technology.

"Once you buy that gift card and you give that gift card number to whoever you are paying, that money is gone. Unfortunately, instances which you're using a banking institution, a credit card... you have some restitution, and the financial institution can hopefully help you recover your money," she said. "With a gift card, that is just not the case."

McGill said any time you are asked to perform a transaction using a gift card, don't do it.