Cops gave the best advice to dumbass men falling for an internet sex scam

It’s 2016 and the whole world might be going to shit, but that doesn’t mean that internet scams are getting less obvious or more sophisticated. Which is why it’s hysterical that Maine cops recently had to give advice for avoiding an internet scam to a bunch of men who were being blackmailed for masturbating on a webcam. Apparently in Bangor, Maine, police had been receiving multiple complaints from men who were the victims of the same internet scam.

An attractive woman from the Philippines sends a friend request on Facebook and they begin messaging. The conversation starts to get sexual, as things do. She (or the bot) asks the guy to jerk off and send her a video. Once he does, she asks him for anywhere between $300-$600. When the guy refuses, the bot uploads the video to his Facebook profile so all of of his friends can see.

So the Bangor police department put out a little PSA on its Facebook page and gave the men of the town some simple steps to follow if they receive this request. Chief of Police Mark Hathway recommends going to the “closest mirror” to look at your face. Then, “give yourself an honest review and realize that there is no reason in the world that an attractive lady from the Philippines wants to be your friend.” After that, the men should, “return to the computer and delete the friend request.”

AH-mazing. There are a few final steps like, “continue looking at lawnmowers, motorcycles and jacked up trucks that are for sale in your region of the country” and “realize that you just saved yourself from showing the world what no one really needs to see, and a whole lot of cash.”

It’s the perfect response from a law enforcement professional fed up with having to deal with dumbass men actually thinking that some hot woman on the other side of the world wants to see them naked.

The Facebook post also warns that there is no “repair kit for stupid mistakes.” A Bangor, Maine police department isn’t equipped to get your money back after it enters the digital abyss. “This is a scam and you will look stupid being shown around the office doing something that you really cannot take back,” the post reads. The police closed the post, like every Facebook post they add, with “Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.”

Every Bangor PD Facebook post is just as amazing as this one. Take the weekend for example, when the department shared a picture of a midnight patrol officer passed out on the couch while watching a football game at another officer’s house. It said Officer Keith Larby was “overheard praising the chili and spirits just before his discovery of ‘Mee-maw’s afghan.'”

These are scary times for Americans, whether it’s the incoming Trump administration or scam bots from the Philippines that get unassuming men to masturbate on camera for cash. Let’s hear it for small American police departments with a little sense of humor.