White House officials conned by British prankster pretending to be Jared Kushner, investigation underway

Washington: The White House is acknowledging that top officials responded to a British-based email prankster and says it is investigating.

File image of Anthony Scaramucci. Reuters

File image of Anthony Scaramucci. Reuters

CNN identified Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser, as one of the officials who fell for the prank.

Bossert apparently responded believing that he was corresponding with Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor.

The network says Anthony Scaramucci, ousted Tuesday after a brief tenure as communications director, also responded to the prankster.

House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it takes cyber-related issues seriously and is looking into the incidents.

Eric Trump, the president's son, says he was contacted but recognized the email as a "sham" and immediately turned it over to the US Secret Service.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Published Date: Aug 02, 2017 08:10 AM | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 08:31 AM

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