THE boss of RBS has fallen victim to an online prankster who posted a series of eyebrow-raising claims and juvenile jokes supposedly made by the banker.
Ross McEwan, paid £3.5million last year, appeared to have a new official Twitter account with three opening posts about ‘helping more businesses become more green’, dealing with last week’s snow, and a newly launched RBS data academy.
But yesterday the tone took a bizarre turn with the 61-year-old New Zealander supposedly telling the world: ‘I’ve got a smelly bum bum.’
The @RossMcEwanRBS account — confirmed by the bank to be a hoax — also shared Twitter memes before asking followers: ‘Have you guys seen the office?? So funni ricky Gervais is a genius.’
There was also a photo of an upside-down calculator spelling the word ‘BOOBIES’, with the accompanying caption: ‘Always thinking of ways to make you money.’
The joker even tweeted RBS’s official Twitter account, wondering: ‘is ne1 in the office? Think I left my charger.’ The real Mr McEwan (pictured) became RBS chief executive in 2013, five years after the firm’s near-collapse in the recession.
Last year’s pay package from the bank — still majority-owned by the taxpayer — included £2million in salary and shares and a £1million bonus.
The spoof tweets came as an unwelcome distraction for RBS, as shareholders yesterday approved a proposal allowing it to buy back up to £1.5billion of shares from the government, at a general meeting in its home city of Edinburgh.
The fake Ross McEwan account shared an RBS tweet about the meeting and statement by chairman Howard Davies, adding the comment: ‘Thanks Howard great banter.’