Sorry I couldn't update sooner, the case was still going on and didn't want to jeopardize anything before I knew the full details.
I contacted the local police and was put in touch with a detective. The detective was sympathetic to my situation and made it a priority.
The detective had me explain the situation and then forward all of the contact info (texts/emails).
The detective then keep in contact weekly with updates but not revealing too much information.
Last week the detective told me they got a successful subpoena and the case will now be quickly moving forward. The department would be contact the local person within a day.
Skip ahead a 3-4 days.
Today the detective calls me to explain the whole situation.
-The whole time I was corresponding with someone totally different than the name given to me. This person could have possibly been out of the country.
-The phone number of the caller was spoofed so it gave the correct Kentucky area code.
-The actual person I sent the money to/cashed it (in Kentucky) was also scammed by the same person.
To make this less confusing from here..
Woman = person in Kentucky with the name/address my check was mailed to.
Male/guy = actual scammer. No idea where he's located.
-This is the part that confuses me. It was some scam where he (main scammer) tells her (woman in Kentucky) a check is coming to her address with her name on it and she needs to send a different check to him (I don't fully understand it). I'm assuming he used my name.
-So this local woman receives my check and deposits the check at a local bank. I'm assuming this woman then sent money to the real scammer. I don't understand how this scam works but it really doesn't matter at this point.
-The detective didn't go into detail when asked "Why would someone deposit a random check from someone across the country and think it was legit. Why wouldn't they see that as odd and triple verify the name before cashing it....you know, just to be 100% sure before they cash a random $2400 check." The detective responded "yeah...uh.." and changed the subject. I'm a stupid-ass, the other person is mega-dumbass.
The person I sent the money to in Kentucky is now going to pay me back.
The detective tells me it's an older woman with a professional career that can afford to pay me back. Luckily it wasn't some deadbeat meth head. The detective is going to make sure I'll have a certified cashier's check (for the exact amount) sent to me certified mail in the next week or two. They're going to reduce the women's sentence/penalty if she's able to get the check out quickly.
So that's the condensed story. At least I'm getting my money back and learned a lesson not to be trusting regardless on the positive vibes, friendliness, etc..
If anyone has a Tigr they want to sell for a decent deal, let me know. It doesn't have to be immaculate...I just want a shooter, not a perfect collection piece.
I still have boxes of ammo, SVD front sight, extended battery, SVD furniture, SVD (knock-off) bi-pod, etc.. that I really want to put to use. The Dragunov is still one of my dream rifles. Thanks