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Spammers belong in jail

Real estate perspective: Damage from Internet crimes worsening over time

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Lawmakers and law enforcers at last have taken aim at mega-spammers who flood the Internet with a virtual tsunami of unsolicited, unwanted and all-too-often bogus offers of cheap software, pharmaceuticals and home mortgages. Taking aim is a good start, but so far, neither the laws nor the prosecutors have done nearly enough to protect the nation's businesses and individuals from this modern-day scourge. The use of the word "spam" to describe junk e-mail originated with an old Monty Python gag about a brand of potted meat. The fictitious Python restaurant that served nothing but spam, spam and spam with everything on the menu was a gag years ago, and computer spam is still a gag, although mostly in the other sense of the word, today. People who rarely use the Internet or not at all might argue that junk e-mail doesn't really matter and that there are more serious crimes for cops to solve and more heinous criminals for attorneys, judges and juries to prosecute, convict and sentence. But...