Hay Scam Alert

It has come to our attention that several hay sellers have been scammed by potential buyers. A potential buyer send a text message to a seller requesting hay. After the price is set, they send a check twice that of the agreed price with the explanation that the additional money is for shipping and/or taxes. The buyer then asks the seller to just wire the difference to them. The seller wires the money to the buyer, then the buyer’s check bounces.  We are asking anyone that feels they are being scammed to contact their local law enforcement and to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. ~ Ilissa Nolan, Texas Dept. of Ag.