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I am getting fed up with the surprisingly professional looking SCAMS arriving in my Inbox.

I wanted to create an Automator action which would tell me who is the actual sender by looking up the IP it came from.

Normally if I get suspicious I would:

1-Show full header of the email (using All Headers)

2-Find and Look up the Originating IP address using who is

3- Decide based on actual IP location and owner what to do.

--This IP originates in Italy? So it is safe to say that AMEX would not use a server in Italy to send me such email.

I can use some help how to Automate the Steps 1 and 2 (and the 2.1) in mail.

Here are the samples; The Email the scam email

The Header

the email header

The sample of the content of the html file

html content

I found this Can I make Mail.app search Received: headers? which is along the way, but it does not answer the question.

PS: I know I could just delete it and go on with life, but: I would miss helping innocent people, informing them that their server was hacked and being used by Criminals, as I already did so successfully few times, helping to shut them down. Once it was a Wells Fago web site on a server of a travel operator in Russia. Another time it was a Visa website on a Restaurant server in Iceland. And now this one.

UPDATE..UPDATE...UPDATE...

I found this that comes close to what I want, but would need some tweaking. Unfortunately, it is way beyond my scripting ability so any help is appreciated:

modified May 27, 2003 by M. Kluskens

? parse out all Received headers (important if mail passes through several trusted email servers)
? parse out the IP address from Eudora Internet mail Server headers (EIMS)
? added trusted IP address list
*)

on perform_mail_action(info)

(* Prompt levels: 0=no dialog boxes, 1=show dialog boxes when Spam is found, 2=show all dialog boxes, 3 =debug/verbose *)
set ShowPrompts to 0

-- list of trusted IP addresses not to look up
set TrustedIPlist to {"127.0.0.1", "203.97.196.98", "219.88.68.80"}

set BlackListsToCheck to {"bl.spamcop.net", "relays.osirusoft.com", "relays.ordb.org", "blackholes.wirehub.net", "list.dsbl.org", "dynablock.wirehub.net", "dialups.visi.com"}

(* Perform a nslookup against various RBL blacklists as DNS queries by executing the following: *)
(* nslookup IP4.IP3.IP2.IP1.[blacklist], a result of 127.0.0.2 is ususlly indicative of a positive match *)
(* Some Blacklists: bl.spamcop.net, relays.ordb.org, orbs.dorkslayers.com, dev.null.dk, relays.visi.com
relays.osirusoft.com (a.k.a. SPEWS uses 127.0.0.4 as a positive match) *)

tell application "Mail"
(* Process messages in the IN Box *)

set NewMail to |SelectedMessages| of info
repeat with CurrentMessage in NewMail
set RawSource to source of CurrentMessage
-- separate out different headers to check more than just the first [] pair
set HeaderName to "Start" as string
set ResolvedIP to "Cleared" as string
set loopCount to 1
-- checking complete when Subject, Date, From, or To header encountered
repeat until (HeaderName = "Subject:" or HeaderName = "Date:" or HeaderName = "From:" or HeaderName = "To:")
set Header to paragraph loopCount of RawSource
set Headerstart to the (offset of ":" in Header)
if (Headerstart > 0) then
set HeaderName to (characters 1 thru Headerstart of Header) as string
-- append the rest of the header text to the header (plus any uninteresting headers)
repeat
set Header2 to paragraph (loopCount + 1) of RawSource
set HeaderStart2 to the (offset of ":" in Header2)
if (HeaderStart2 ? 0) then
set HeaderName2 to (characters 1 thru HeaderStart2 of Header2) as string
if (HeaderName2 = "Received:" or HeaderName2 = "Subject:" or HeaderName2 = "Date:" or HeaderName2 = "From:" or HeaderName2 = "To:") then exit repeat
end if
set loopCount to loopCount + 1
set Header to (Header & Header2)
end repeat

if (HeaderName = "Received:") then
(* Locate the Originating IP Address in the raw E-Mail header *)
-- Sendmail and others
set start to the (offset of "[" in Header) + 1
set finish to the (offset of "]" in Header) - 1
-- Eudora Internet Mail Server
if (start = 1 or finish = -1) then
set start to the (offset of "(" in Header) + 1
set finish to the (offset of ")" in Header) - 1
end if

if (start < finish) then

set IPAddress to (characters start thru finish of Header) as string
if (ShowPrompts > 2) then
display dialog " Relay's IP " & IPAddress
end if

if (IPAddress is not in TrustedIPlist) then
(* Parse the IPAddress text into its IP1.IP2.IP3.IP4 fields, starting from the end IP4 to IP1 *)
copy text (((length of IPAddress) + 2) - ((offset of "." in (reverse of characters of IPAddress) as string))) thru (length of IPAddress) of IPAddress to IP4
copy text 1 thru ((length of IPAddress) - ((offset of "." in (reverse of characters of IPAddress) as string))) of IPAddress to IPAddress

copy text (((length of IPAddress) + 1) - ((offset of "." in (reverse of characters of IPAddress) as string))) thru (length of IPAddress) of IPAddress to IP3
copy text 1 thru ((length of IPAddress) - ((offset of "." in (reverse of characters of IPAddress) as string))) of IPAddress to IPAddress

copy text (((length of IPAddress) + 1) - ((offset of "." in (reverse of characters of IPAddress) as string))) thru (length of IPAddress) of IPAddress to IP2
copy text 1 thru ((length of IPAddress) - ((offset of "." in (reverse of characters of IPAddress) as string))) of IPAddress to IP1

repeat with BlackList in BlackListsToCheck
set LookUpResult to do shell script ("nslookup " & IP4 & IP3 & IP2 & "." & IP1 & "." & BlackList)

(* Parse the tail end of the last line looking for a match *)

set resultoffset to (((length of LookUpResult) + 1) - (offset of ":" in (((reverse of characters of LookUpResult)) as string)))
copy text (resultoffset + 3) thru (resultoffset + 10) of LookUpResult to ResolvedIP

if ResolvedIP = "127.0.0." then
set ResolvedIP to "SPAM!!!" as string
else
set ResolvedIP to "Cleared" as string
end if

if (ResolvedIP = "SPAM!!!") then exit repeat
end repeat
end if -- ( IPAddress is not is TrustedIPlist)
end if -- ( start < finish )
end if -- ( Headername = "Received:" )
end if -- ( Headerstart > 0 )
set loopCount to loopCount + 1
if (ResolvedIP = "SPAM!!!") then exit repeat
end repeat -- until

(* If it was listed in the RBL Move message to Junk folder and mark as Junk mail *)
if (ResolvedIP = "SPAM!!!") then
if (ShowPrompts > 0) then
display dialog "Found SPAM listed on " & BlackList & "
Move Message to Junk Mail" & "

From: " & (sender of CurrentMessage) & "

Subject: " & (subject of CurrentMessage)
end if

set is junk mail of CurrentMessage to true
-- change this line to match your junk/spam mailbox
set mailbox of CurrentMessage to mailbox "Junk"

else
if (ShowPrompts > 1) then
display dialog ResolvedIP & " Sender's IP " & IP1 & IP2 & IP3 & "." & IP4 & "

From: " & (sender of CurrentMessage) & "

Subject: " & (subject of CurrentMessage)
end if
end if

end repeat
end tell
end perform_mail_action
[/code]
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I've voted your question up as you're willing to help innocent people. And I'd like to know the answer myself too. - Header shows Hotmail.com <- AMEX would not use that either NOR using such a html form :) –  Rob Feb 4 at 10:19
    
The difficult part was to open or not the html attachment, since it could contain an automated action that would harm me. Finally, I figured it out to use the Quick Look which does not open the file on my computer. But knowing where the IP is originating from is usually enough for me. –  Buscar웃 Feb 4 at 10:25
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Open it using NotePad++ or something similar, and it won't run. –  Rob Feb 4 at 10:30

1 Answer 1

It does not appear that Automator by itself has enough vocabulary to perform this task, but with a little Applescript you can get there.

If you've upgraded to Mavericks you can use a library to add ICU regular expressions to your script, but awk, sed, and Perl give you plenty of parsing power without them.

I run Applescript on my system using FastScripts or Keyboard Maestro but an Automator service should work as well.

Note that this script is not a complete answer to your problem but provides most of the tools you need solve it.

-ccs

try

    set lookUpAgent to "http://www.lookip.net/whois/"

    tell application "Mail"
        set selMsgList to selection
        if selMsgList ≠ {} then
            set selMsg to item 1 of selMsgList
            tell selMsg
                set headerText to all headers
            end tell
        else
            error "No messages were selected!"
        end if
    end tell

    # Parse the header-text to your heart's content.
    # A simple example:
    set parsedText to do shell script "egrep -i ^received: <<< " & quoted form of headerText

    # Let's say the IP address you parse out is:
    set ipAdrs to "17.172.224.47"

    set lookUpUrl to lookUpAgent & ipAdrs

    tell application "Safari"
        activate
        make new document with properties {URL:lookUpUrl}
    end tell

on error e number n
    set e to e & return & return & "Num: " & n
    tell me to set dDlg to display dialog e with title ¬
        "ERROR!" buttons {"Cancel", "Copy", "OK"} default button "OK"
    if button returned of dDlg = "Copy" then set the clipboard to e
end try
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Thanks for it, I will try it. –  Buscar웃 Feb 5 at 9:07

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