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Pitcher asks for deposit to release a $20,000 bonus for becoming an apprentice, then vanish into the Internet.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The labor shortage has led scammers to offer bogus signing bonuses to families that depend on them making a deopsit up front which they never recoup. Callers from Portland have been targeting Eugene-area Chambers Construction. Pictured: a legitimate sheet metal apprentice in Portland unrelated to the scam.

A scam in which attempts to recruit applicants for an apprenticeship has surfaced in Eugene.

Over the last several days, Chambers Construction has received phone calls from concerned parents regarding their child's pursuit of Chambers Construction's apprenticeship program.

The calls originated from Portland. Tactics included asking for bank account information for direct deposit or offering a $20,000 signing bonus.

Individuals impersonating Chambers Construction, under the auspice of recruiting for an apprenticeship program, are soliciting prospective employees in Portland. When they have their individual selected they deposit money into the individual's account and then request it back for insurance.

After they receive the money back they claim another individual will follow up to get them started in the program. The deposit will most likely be charged back, leaving the prospective employee out the money.

Chambers Construction apprenticeship program is based out of Eugene and is operated solely face-to-face. They do not target applicants online.

A spokesman for the company said "Chambers Construction is saddened their name is being used in this manner and ask that anyone that is approached or has been approached in this manner contact their local authorities immediately."

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