Six arrests over £1m scam that fleeced students

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Six people were questioned by police yesterday in connection with a £1m phishing scam that drained the bank accounts of hundreds of UK students.

A criminal network targeted students on government loan schemes, luring them into revealing their bank account details which were then used to withdraw amounts of £1,000- £5,000 at a time, Scotland Yard said.

The fraudsters had sent emails inviting students to update details on their student account via a link to a bogus website that was actually run by criminals.

Police yesterday seized computers and other equipment from addresses in London, Manchester and Bolton. Those arrested were a 26-year-old man and a woman aged 25 who were held in Manchester; a 25-year-old man who was arrested in Deptford, London; a 49-year-old woman and a man aged 31 who were held in Stratford, London; and a 38-year-old man who was arrested in Bolton.