BOISE - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning Idahoans of a consumer scam involving the use of his name and office.

A Latah County resident reported the scam to the Consumer Protection Division of the Idaho Attorney General's Office.

The woman told officials that she was contacted via telephone on Wednesday by a man claiming to be from Publisher's Clearing House. When the woman questioned the caller's legitimacy, he said he would have the Idaho attorney general contact her to verify the call.

The woman told officials that she got another call a short time later from a man claiming to be "Mr. Wasden," who told her the first call was from Publishers Clearing House.

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Wasden said both calls were fake and part of an apparent scam.

"While I'd love to be the bearer of good news, I want to make sure all Idahoans know that my office has no connection whatsoever with Publishers Clearing House," Wasden said in a news release. "Anyone receiving a call like this should just hang up because it's a scam."

The Idaho Attorney General plays no role in notifying winners of sweepstakes, lotteries, drawings or any other contests.