The governor of the Bank of England was exposed today for having fallen for an embarrassing email hoax.
Mark Carney, who was the first Canadian to run the Bank, made awkward comments about a former governor.
It comes after other bankers have replied to emails purporting to be from their boss.
Mr Carney thought he was emailing Anthony Habgood, chairman of the Court of the Bank of England.
The hoaxer had not even tried very hard, setting up the email account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Habgood is a big dog in the banking community and thought of as a ‘grandee’
The governor, who is stepping down in 2019, was talking about his predecessor’s drinking habits.
Mr Carney was discussing Eddie George, who died of lung cancer in 2009.
It is thought that the same hoaxer was also responsible for a Barclays’ chief executive, Jes Staley, being caught out.
The banker thought he was messaging the bank’s chairman John McFarlane.
It was just after the bank’s annual general meeting and Mr Staley sent back an overly enthusiastic reply.
Mr Carney fell for an email about the new image of Jane Austen on the £10 note, which said she looked like she had drunk a martini.
The governor replied that he was going to have a martini ‘and order another two.’
He added: ‘Apparently that was Eddie George’s daily intake…before lunch.’
However Mr Carney was not down for sexist banter over email – shutting down the man he thought was Mr Habgood.
Considering a Summer Nights-themed party, Mr Carney was told that ‘dashing bar ladies’ would be there.
Adding that he kept the ‘crystal glasses’ low down so their ‘enchanting dexterity’ could be admired.
But Mr Carney was having none of it. He wrote: ‘Sorry Anthony. Not appropriate at all.’
The Bank potentially will be left red-faced by the email hoax. The central bank has made frequent appeals for tighter cyber security by firms and the Government.
Metro.co.uk has contacted the Bank of England for comment.