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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2017
Martini
He may be the Bank of England governor, but Canadian Mark Carney recently fell prey to an email prank. Credit: dondesigns (Shutterstock)

FOOL ME ONCE

LONDON, U.K. — He may be the Bank of England governor, but Canadian Mark Carney recently fell prey to an email prank, according to Reuters. The hoaxer emailed Carney saying the depiction of the novelist Jane Austen on a new British banknote made it look as if the famous writer had just drunk a “bracing martini.” Thinking he was responding to a message from Anthony Habgood, the head of the bank’s internal oversight body, Carney replied: “I will drink the martini and order another two. Apparently, that was Eddie George’s daily intake… before lunch.” (George was a former governor of the Bank of England.) Carney quickly stopped the conversation when the emailer talked about “rather dashing bar ladies” at an event. “Sorry Anthony. Not appropriate at all,” said Carney in a final remark, according to a tweet posted by email prankster @Sinon_Reborn. The bank governor has warned of cyber risks facing the international banking system.