Scam e-mail uses Steve Cottrell’s name |

Scam e-mail uses Steve Cottrell’s name

Several Nevada County residents have received a scam e-mail purporting to be from former Nevada City mayor Steve Cottrell, claiming he is in London and asking for money.

The scam e-mail has “My Predicament!!” in the subject line and claims Cottrell is “stuck in London, England with my family” after being robbed at gunpoint of luggage, cash and credit cards.

“All I need is $2,250, but anything you can spare right now will be appreciated and I promise to refund it to you as soon as I arrive back home safely,” the scam message continues.

Cottrell “is in Florida. He’s not in London,” said bartender Kris Wade at the Mine Shaft, the downtown Nevada City watering hole that Cottrell frequented during his more than two decades in town. “Several people have received it, and there’s people worried about him.”

But Cottrell, also an area newspaperman and historian, has communicated with folks at the bar letting them know he didn’t send the e-mail.

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