A Manchester man has been jailed for six and a half years for ripping off British students in a phishing scam that netted more than £1.5 million.

Damola Olatunji, sentenced on Friday at Southwark Crown Court, sent emails that included links to a bogus student loans website. Another man, Amos Mwangi, was jailed for three years in June over the same scam, although the Metropolitan Police have said there is no evidence the two were actually working together.

The victims were led to believe they needed to update the details on their accounts and, when they clicked through to do so, the phishers gained unauthorised access to their bank accounts. The amount they extracted from those accounts ranged from £1,000 to £5,000.

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