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Kamloops horse-owner claims latest scam targets hay market

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November 09, 2015 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Since last summer’s drought, hay prices are on the rise and that may have led to a horse-owner and her daughter getting taken by what they call a scam while purchasing hay online.

Crystal McKay says late last month, she and her mother put out a call for round hay bails on Kamloops Kijii to feed their horses boarded in McLure, about 45 kilometres north of Kamloops. McKay says they received a response from a man who offered to sell them what they were looking for. He needed a portion of payment before making the delivery.

“(The hay) was on the cheaper side but definitely not the cheapest. Not having seen the hay, it’s hard to say whether it was crappy hay or not. It was an average price on the lower side,” McKay says.

Her mother paid $540 to the man via an e-transfer, but the hay, scheduled for delivery on Saturday, Nov. 7, never arrived.

“We have no hay and he has $540 of my mom’s money,” McKay says. She adds her mother is in the process of filing a report to the RCMP.

“Hopefully nobody else gets taken. That was our main concern. It would be great to get the money back. With the market right now this is going to be a really easy scam to propagate,” she says.

Attempts to contact the man who took her money were unsuccessful.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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