High frequency oscillations (HFOs) > 80 Hz are a promising biomarker of epileptic tissue. Recent evidence has shown that spontaneous HFOs can be recorded from the scalp, but detection of these electrographic events remains a challenge. Here, we modified a simple automatic detector, used originally for intracranial EEG (iEEG) recordings, to detect ripples and fast ripples in scalp EEG. We analyzed scalp EEG recordings of seven subjects and validated our detector and artifact rejection algorithm via visual review. Of the candidate events marked by the detector, 40% and 60% were confirmed to be ripples and fast ripples, respectively, by human visual review, making this algorithm suitable for supervised detection. Detected HFOs occurred at a rate of <1/min in most channels, and the average duration was 47 and 24 ms for ripples and fast ripples, respectively. The simplicity of the algorithm, with only a single parameter, enables the consistent application of automatic detection across recording modalities, and it could therefore be a tool for the assessment and localization of epileptic activity.