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Scam alert! Facebook page advertising fake jobs at Ugandan restaurant chain Café Javas

A message posted on the Facebook page “Café Javas CJ’s” on 25 January 2021 claims that Ugandan restaurant chain Café Javas is hiring.

“JOBS ANNOUNCEMENT,” it reads. “Due to a large customer base we have decided to widen our chain restaurants in what is seen as the largest restaurant retails markets that will serve all the cities and urban towns. All applicants are encouraged to apply through our website link.”

The link leads to Google blog page. This gives details on the supposed jobs available: for chefs, cashiers, receptionists, waiters, bar attendants, accountants, procurement officers and more.

The page includes an application form, which asks for details such as name, email address, physical address, phone number and job position of interest.

Is this legit, or just another job scam?


‘Consider reporting to the police’

On 27 January Café Javas posted a screenshot of the message on its official Facebook page, overlaid with a large exclamation mark and the warning: “SCAM! DON’T FALL FOR THIS JOBS POST.”

The screenshot was posted with a long comment, beginning with “ALERT!”

It continues: “It has come to our attention that there are fake Facebook pages using our name to advertise jobs in our establishment. Kindly keep away from them!

“Be advised that we do NOT use 3rd parties in our recruitment process and we do NOT ask for payment of any kind from candidates at any point during the recruitment process. If you receive any communication contrary to this, please treat it as fraudulent, and consider reporting to the police.

“The official way to apply for a job with us is through our email: [email protected].”

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