What is the Reason behind "Chain" emails
Posted on 2009-04-11
As an expert here, this is always something that has perplexed me.
What is the reason behind "Chain" emails?
You know thoes emails that say: "Forward this to three friends"
Or: "AOL will donate 32c to Charity "x", everytime this email is forwarded."
Or: "Forward this to 5 friends and you will have good luck"
What I mean is that a person who creates a virus can monitor the media outlets to see the "attention" that their Virus is getting.
A Hacker can simply can easily see if the site he targeted is taken down because of a DOS attack.
Even a spammer can monitor the results of Email Blasts, by how many they send out, versus how many they get back.
But what's in it for the people who send "chain" emails?
As far as I know, there is no way for them to track how "Successful" thier email is, or how many times it has been forwarded. (so why even bother?)
Or is there a way to track this??