- Mr Carney thought he was talking to a colleague during the friendly exchanges
- He joked that his predecessor used to enjoy two martinis before lunchtime
- The Canadian also accepted an invite to go to a summer party
- The hoaxer bragged about the emails and uploaded them online
Bank of England chief Mark Carney has been caught out joking about his knocking back martinis after being duped by an email hoaxer.
He has become the latest top banker to be hoodwinked by the joker, who has posted the exchanges online.
Mr Carney was tricked into discussing the late former Bank governor Eddie George’s drinking habits with the hoaxer in a series of emails.
And he accepted an invite to go to a summer party – as long as it did not clash with work.
Mark Carney, pictured with a new £5 note last September, was caught out by an email hoaxer
The hoaxer, who bragged about the joke online, lured his victim in by pretending to be Anthony Habgood, chairman of the Court of the Bank of England.
The trickster used the fake email account email@example.com to hoodwink Mr Carney.
The governor responded three times to a message referring to reports that picture of Jane Austen on the new £10 note looked ‘like someone who’s had a ‘bracing martini’.
Mr Carney emailed back saying: ‘I will drink the martini and order another two. Apparently that was Eddie George’s daily intake … before lunch.’
The hoaxer then invited the banker to a ‘Summer Nights-themed soiree’ next month which Mr Carney said ‘sounded ideal’ and hoped to get along to.
But he abruptly ended the exchange when the hoaxer said there would be ‘dashing bar ladies’ and told Mr Carney he kept the ‘crystal glasses’ low down so their ‘enchanting dexterity’ could be admired.
Lord Eddie George, pictured, died in 2009 after being at the Bank of England for 37 years
The prankster bragged about his joke on Twitter before uploading the emails
The full exchange of the emails was posted online as the prankster delighted in managing to dupe the Governor of the Bank of England
Mr Carney replied: ‘Sorry Anthony. Not appropriate at all.’
Lord Eddie George, who was nicknamed ‘Steady Eddie’was with the bank for nearly 40 years and died in 2009.
It comes two weeks after Mr Staley was caught out by hoax emails after the bank’s annual general meeting, which prompted an overly enthusiastic reply.
The revelation will no doubt come as an embarrassment to the Bank, which has been urging the lending sector to strengthen its IT defences and security.
The Bank of England did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It is thought the unidentified hoaxer is the same person who caught out Barclays chief executive Jes Staley earlier this month, faking emails from the bank’s chairman John McFarlane.
Mark Carney’s hilarious full email exchange with the prankster
Mark Carney has been caught out by an email prankster pretending to be his boss, Anthony Habgood, chairman of the Court of the Bank of England.
The emails was posted on Twitter, on which it appears the governor was tricked by a fake email address shown as firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the exchange:
First email from prankster
Subject: I see reports of Jane Austen in the papers today
Apparently her face resembles that of someone who’s had a “bracing martini”.
I’d prefer a large Scotch myself.
Mark Carney’s reply
I will drink the martini and order another two. Apparently that was Eddie George’s daily intake … before lunch
Second email from prankster
Really? He liked a tipple then I take it? Who can blame him! ha!
Third email from prankster
Actually, I’m glad I heard from you, I’m having a Summer Nights themed soiree on Saturday 17th June. As much Martini as you can take. Are you free?
Mark Carney’s reply
Sounds ideal. Will check at home and at work
Fourth email from prankster
Excellent. I’ve hired some rather dashing bar ladies (is that PC?!)
If you ask for the crystal glasses you’ll be able to admire their enchanting dexterity. I keep those glasses low down, ha! You don’t reach my age without knowing all the tricks.
Mark Carney’s reply
Sorry Anthony. Not appropriate at all
Fifth email from prankster
Well report me to Brussels then!
Sixth email from prankster:
You did know I was joking didn’t you? It’s an old story my friend is rather fond of, he’s quite the cad.