A SECOND man from Bolton has been arrested in connection with an alleged computer “phishing” scam that is claimed to have conned students out of more than £1 million.

A 38-year-old from Bolton was one of six people arrested when police launched a series of raids in the early hours of last Thursday.

Another man from Bolton, aged 35, has now been arrested in connection with the same alleged scam. Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s specialist e-crime unit swooped on his house in the early hours of Friday.

Police have not disclosed the addresses of either men.

Both were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

They have now been released on bail until next March pending further inquiries, along with a 25-year-old woman arrested in Manchester and a 49-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both arrested in Stratford, London.

Phishing is a scam in which people are asked, usually via electronic means, to input personal data for use in fraud.

Last week’s arrests were made in connection with an alleged scam in which students who applied for government loans were sent emails asking them to update details of their student loans on a bogus website.

Their bank details were then used to steal thousands of pounds from their accounts.

It is thought that £1 million could have been stolen in total.

Å Amos Njoroge Mwangi, aged 25, of Rochdale Way, Deptford, London, and Damola Clement Olatunji, aged 26, of Hamsterley Avenue, Gorton, Manchester, appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with conspiracy to defraud.

They were remanded in custody until February 17.