Arkansas Ag Officials Warn of Hay Fraud Involving Fake Checks

CLINTON, AR - A pair of farmers who advertised their hay on an extension service Web site sniffed out a scam involving 30 bales of hay and fake checks from a fake bank.

An alleged buyer asked the two hay producers to sell them 15 bales of hay each, then sent along checks to cover the cost of the bales and the shipping charges.

Tom Troxel of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service says one grower grew suspicious because the buyer usually pays the shipper.  A bank said the checks sent were fakes.

The hay scam targeted producers in Hempstead, Van Buren and Washington counties.

Each bale is worth $30 to $35.

Arkansas farmers expect to harvest about 1.5 million acres of hay this year, according to the Arkansas Agricultural Statistics Service.

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