In trying to explain the perils of forwarding these chain mail thingys to my dad, I discovered something I never knew. If I open the email in Outlook the pictures display. If I save the html to my hard drive and open it, the pictures dont show up. Upon inquisitive investigation of the source I happened upon this:
BH and I have been discussing this off-board because I did not really think it was affiliate code of some sort... Still, circumstantial evidence did seem to add up based on a couple of items I asked about (nature of chain email topic, etc)... Now I'm really beginning to be suspicious. I knew of at least one network that uses "CID" as an affiliate ID marker. Then, by coincidence, I just ran across another cid in the referral url while posting in the Dogpile/PFP thread [webmasterworld.com]
Hmmmmmm.... affiliate code buried in a chain email, now that would be diabolical.
Whether or not this particular incident is affiliate-driven or not, an html email is the same as a pop-up, it can be loaded with plenty of affiliate code. Just because you don't see it on the mouseover, don't think it's not there. Drastic pointed out the js to hide the code in the status bar, there's even a checkbox to include that snippet on CJ, so it's definitely mainstream.
rc you're right on target. The company this originated from in the header is also located in Maine...thats what threw me cuz the relative who sent it to us also is in Maine...coincidence.
I will post the code minus the addresses so we are all on the same page if you want to contribute to the Scotland Yard investigation of
Affiliate tracking mystery mail?
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <META content="MSHTML 5.50.4611.1300" name=GENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=#ffffff background=cid:firstname.lastname@example.org>
My question is still how does outlook reference that cid as a url?