Email mystery…

Email with question markI received the following email last night:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Brittany McClaine <bmcclaine@ncpcharterschool.org>
Date: 11 December 2012 21:54
Subject: Loved your page! Special Thanks from Mrs.McClaine and Kids! 🙂

Hi There!

I just wanted to send you a quick note on behalf of some of the kids in our After School program! We’ve been using your page ( http://digitalkatie.com/bsl.htm ) quite a bit while going over an intro to Sign Language, it has been super helpful!

The kids have a hearing impaired student in their class, and we thought it would be great if everyone was able to communicate on the same level 🙂 As a Thank You, a couple of the students also found and wanted to pass along this family resource page to ASL: ( http://usinsurancenet.com/family-health-reference-to-asl/ )

We’ve actually been using it just as much as your page and thought that maybe you would want to include it on your British Sign Language Links page! I was hesitant to email you at first but the kids keep asking if I’ve talked to you about it yet! (haha they’re so cute!)

Would you possibly consider adding it for them? I would love to surprise them before we finish the unit next Friday, that their research find has actually benefited someone else! They would be so excited!…and I may even surprise them with a pizza party for doing such good research 😉

Thanks again!
-Brittany

**************************************************************************************
Brittany McClaine
bmcclaine@ncpcharterschool.org
Jean Massieu Academy

 

This email set my spidey sense tingling.  It seems like a spam email but I really wasn’t sure.  My main issue is this is an email supposedly from America so why would they be using a web page about BRITISH Sign Language??

So, here’s a challenge – figure out if this is real.  Is there really a Brittany McClaine?  Does she work as a teacher?  Does the Jean Massieu Academy exist and is it part of NCP Charter School (the email address domain)?  Is this a standard spam email format and the same text is used pretending to be from different teachers and different schools?

When you think you have an answer look at the clues I found online to see if you’ve come up with the same deduction!

2 thoughts on “Email mystery…

  1. There was a request by @PMason00 on Twitter for the email headers, so here they are….

    Delivered-To: [my gmail address]
    Received: by 10.220.131.71 with SMTP id w7csp402971vcs;
    Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:54:19 -0800 (PST)
    Received: by 10.68.241.133 with SMTP id wi5mr52434995pbc.48.1355262858890;
    Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:54:18 -0800 (PST)
    Return-Path:
    Received: from homiemail-mx2.g.dreamhost.com (caiajhbdcbhh.dreamhost.com. [nnn.nn.nnn.nnn])
    by mx.google.com with ESMTP id uq10si26938845pbc.167.2012.12.11.13.54.18;
    Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:54:18 -0800 (PST)
    Received-SPF: neutral (google.com: nnn.nn.nnn.nnn is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of bmcclaine@ncpcharterschool.org) client-ip=nnn.nn.nnn.nnn;
    Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=neutral (google.com: nnn.nn.nnn.nnn is neither permitted nor denied by best guess record for domain of bmcclaine@ncpcharterschool.org) smtp.mail=bmcclaine@ncpcharterschool.org
    Received: from mx.ncpcharterschool.org (mx.ncpcharterschool.org [216.86.154.221])
    by homiemail-mx2.g.dreamhost.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id 512FC4480DE
    for [my email address]; Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:54:18 -0800 (PST)
    To: [my email address]
    From: “Brittany McClaine”

    Subject: Loved your page! Special Thanks from Mrs.McClaine and Kids! 🙂
    Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:54:12 -0500
    Message-Id: <20121211215418.512FC4480DE@homiemail-mx2.g.dreamhost.com>

  2. I got a fantastic response from Paul Mason (@PMason00):

    Hi,

    so pinging the domain gives the ip in the header. Meaning there is little chance it’s spoofed and pretending to be a “real” place. Whois lookup returns this:

    Domain ID:D164942503-LROR
    Domain Name:NCPCHARTERSCHOOL.ORG
    Created On:08-Mar-2012 16:40:01 UTC
    Last Updated On:08-May-2012 03:50:12 UTC
    Expiration Date:08-Mar-2013 16:40:01 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, LLC (R91-LROR)
    Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
    Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
    Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
    Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
    Registrant ID:CR107736198
    Registrant Name:Registration Private
    Registrant Organization:Domains By Proxy, LLC
    Registrant Street1:DomainsByProxy.com
    Registrant Street2:15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City:Scottsdale
    Registrant State/Province:Arizona
    Registrant Postal Code:85260
    Registrant Country:US
    Registrant Phone:+1.4806242599
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:+1.4806242598
    Registrant FAX Ext.:
    Registrant Email:NCPCHARTERSCHOOL.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com
    Admin ID:CR107736200
    Admin Name:Registration Private
    Admin Organization:Domains By Proxy, LLC
    Admin Street1:DomainsByProxy.com
    Admin Street2:15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Admin Street3:
    Admin City:Scottsdale
    Admin State/Province:Arizona
    Admin Postal Code:85260
    Admin Country:US
    Admin Phone:+1.4806242599
    Admin Phone Ext.:
    Admin FAX:+1.4806242598
    Admin FAX Ext.:
    Admin Email:NCPCHARTERSCHOOL.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com
    Tech ID:CR107736199
    Tech Name:Registration Private
    Tech Organization:Domains By Proxy, LLC
    Tech Street1:DomainsByProxy.com
    Tech Street2:15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
    Tech Street3:
    Tech City:Scottsdale
    Tech State/Province:Arizona
    Tech Postal Code:85260
    Tech Country:US
    Tech Phone:+1.4806242599
    Tech Phone Ext.:
    Tech FAX:+1.4806242598
    Tech FAX Ext.:
    Tech Email:NCPCHARTERSCHOOL.ORG@domainsbyproxy.com
    Name Server:NS61.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
    Name Server:NS62.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    Name Server:
    DNSSEC:Unsigned

    So it’s protected by domains by proxy which is odd as a school has little to hide. Also:
    Created On:08-Mar-2012 16:40:01 UTC
    Last Updated On:08-May-2012 03:50:12 UTC
    Expiration Date:08-Mar-2013 16:40:01 UTC

    Only registered for a year? Only created in March 2012? A little odd.
    So we use dns enumeration to find out what else is on this server and we get:

    *****************************************
    * program created by t0ka7a *
    * http://infond.blogspot.com *
    * under GNU 3.0 licence *
    * v0.2 02/13/2010 *
    * using dns, find hostnames in a subnet *
    *****************************************

    begin search…

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    216.86.155.177 allenphillipshomes.com

    This looks like a fairly typical return from a hosting server but when you look deeper there are quite a few just mail servers and things like the “glamour models” site. Totally possible for a school to end up there if they’ve just taken any old hosting but then why just put your mail server there and nothing else? However, if you owned a whole server then you would probably do exactly this. It gets better….

    The IP address they have asked you to link onto your site is 50.57.153.244 this claims to be usinsurancenet.com but it’s registered in Russia- home of spam and dodgy websites.

    So we have a single mail server in the US making it look legit but it’s asking for a linkback to a Russian website? No way, this looks like linkback spam where putting the link on your site will increase the legitmacy of the russian site in the eyes of search engines. What for I don’t know… it could just be for the link but it seems a lot of effort. Prob the site will infect a visitor with malware. I certainly don’t intend to visit it.

    That was fun, it’s brightened up a rather dull day trying to format numeracy questions.

    Regards Paul

    P.S. Just tried to nmap their IP (the original one) they are using advanced evasion techniques that no school would even know about!

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