Bankers around the City will be nervously checking their sent items after Bank of England governor Mark Carney became the latest senior figure to be caught out by an embarrassing email hoax – with the prankster telling City A.M. "this won't be my last".
The unidentified prankster, who previously tricked Barclays boss Jes Staley, claimed to be Anthony Habgood, chairman of the court of the Bank of England, in an email exchange with Carney posted on Twitter.
The Bank of England confirmed the emails were genuine, but declined to comment on the email contents or on how the Bank's IT security team had reacted to the gaffe.
When asked why he targeted Carney, the bluffer told City A.M. on Twitter (where else?): "I was curious. Steeped in tradition the bank of england [sic] may be, but did they also have antiquated security to match".
The latest hoax was "more from idle curiosity", than any specific grievance with the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, he said. Barclays previously raised his ire by failing to respond to a customer complaint.
The prankster opened a conversation with Carney about media reports of the image of Jane Austen on the new £10 banknote, before drawing the governor into an exchange about drinking.
In one of the emails Carney referenced the drinking habits of former governor Eddie George, who he said had multiple drinks as his "daily in take...before lunch".
However, when the prankster tried to steer the governor onto even more controversial ground with a sexist remark, the governor shut down the conversation, saying: "Sorry Anthony. Not appropriate at all".
The latest embarrassment for a senior banker comes after Barclays boss Jes Staley responded to emails purporting to be from Barclays chairman, John McFarlane.
Staley was effusive in his praise in emails he thought were intended for his boss, saying he respected his "guile" after McFarlane defended him in a rocky annual general meeting.
Barclays has tightened its security since the embarrassing breach, according to the Financial Times.
Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney. Apparently is not up for the type of party I like to throw. pic.twitter.com/6Iam49A5rA— EMAIL PRANKSTER™ (@SINON_REBORN) May 23, 2017