Domestic Secretary Amber Rudd was tricked into a brief email the Big Board with a prankster who impersonated the PM’s new communications chief Robbie Gibb.
The hoaxer, who has in days fooled White House officials, managed to communicate with the envoy extraordinary before she spotted the wind-up.
According to The Guardian, he emailed her using her publicly-available connection details and she replied from her private email address.
The Home Workplace played down the trick.
«The home secretary does not use her personal email hail to discuss government business,» a Home Office source said.
«As the email switch shows, she rapidly established that this was a hoax and had only swopped pleasantries up to that point.»
According to a transcript of the exchange, dated 7 July, Ms Rudd was beseeched which projects she was working on, and replied: «Well, as you can imagine a few things on the agenda but avoiding tough on people impersonating others is definitely up there.»
Earlier this month, the prankster, who cry outs himself Sinon Reborn, reportedly fooled top White House officials into friendly in fake email exchanges.
The self-styled «email prankster» convinced a chief cyber security adviser he was President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, correspondence to CNN.
He also goaded the then media chief, Anthony Scaramucci, in the comportment of ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Eric Trump, too, was briefly hoodwinked by the prankster emailing as his older colleague, Donald Trump Jr, about a long-range hunting rifle.
But Donald Jr other realised it was a scam and replied: «I have sent this to law enforcement who resolution handle from here.»