This is not a fake check scam:

U.S. hay prices are the highest since record keeping began in 1949, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, opening the door for scammers to try to make a quick buck.

Les Wentworth is a third-generator farmer who, with his brother, grows hay, wheat, beans and corn on 500 acres near Ephrata, about 100 miles west of Spokane in central Washington.

Wentworth recalled losing $50,000 that a dairy farmer paid him in the 1980s for a load of premium alfalfa hay. A truck driver they both knew offered to haul the hay to the dairy farm west of Washington’s Cascade Range, then sold it to someone else and pocketed the money.”