Bank of England chief Mark Carney caught out by email hoax

  • 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 

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

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

Mark Carney, pictured with a new £5 note last September, was caught out by an email hoaxer

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 anthonyhabgood@hotmail.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.’ 

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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

Lord Eddie George, pictured, died in 2009 after being at the Bank of England for 37 years

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 prankster bragged about his joke on Twitter before uploading the emails 

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 

The full exchange of the emails was posted online as the prankster delighted in managing to dupe the Governor of the Bank of England 

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 anthonyhabgood@hotmail.com.

Here is the exchange:  

First email from prankster

Subject: I see reports of Jane Austen in the papers today

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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.   

 

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