Reported today in the NY Times:
Gift Cards Are Increasingly Used to Launder Money
"As drug lords, financiers of terrorism and other money launderers have found it increasingly difficult to move money through the traditional banking system in the United States, they are on the lookout for alternatives, federal officials said. The report examined methods criminals use to move dirty money."
"Prepaid cards "are an emerging cash alternative for both legitimate consumers and money launderers alike."
I don't think I'll try to sell or trade my TJ Maxx card on EBay...