Spam wars play out across Internet

Monday, 15 December 2003, 1:34 PM EST

In the small Louisiana city of Slidell, Flo Fox feeds the hungry by day but spams by night.

The graying grandmother in a "What Would Jesus Do?" T-shirt proudly recalls stretching two turkey carcasses into enough gumbo to feed 100 of the city's poor.

To keep from joining their ranks, she spams. Fox lays out $1,000 a month for the kind of high-speed Internet connection that businesses and some small Internet service providers use.

She harnesses that power all night using a couple of shopworn computers in her home, spitting out millions of junk e-mails for merchandise ranging from land in Belize to blessed coins.

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