Under the guise of aid, scammers are fooling or extorting computer owners into giving up cash and credit card information. Juneau has seen a rise in such cases.
Web users face an increasing barrage of malicious ads, hijacked sites and even fraudulent phone calls, local computer repair professionals have reported.
“The Internet’s a sewer at this point,” said Gary Patton, managing partner at Juneau Electronics. Virus infections and browser hijackers are the norm, he added.