Java House fraud: 100 Job seekers claim they paid 900,000 each to get hired

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By Newz Post reporter
You can call it the biggest scam of November 2017. Monday 13th November 2017 was an ordinary day to many, but not the more than 100 Job seekers who spent the entire weekend preparing for their first day at work at Java House.
Time check is 8:30 am, management of Java House in Bugolobi was happy to receive unusual number of ‘customers’. Unfortunately, the customers were not taking orders. This prompted management to intervene.



Management learnt later that the ‘customers’ that had gathered at Java House had been coined by fraudsters claiming to be working for Java House.
The job seekers told management that each applicant was asked to pay Ugx. 900,000 to secure his job.

‘ ‘ Following your application to work at our new branch in Kampala, we are pleased to offer you employment at out branch effective from November 13th 2017.’’ Reads a ‘letter of Appointment’ one of the Job seekers guarded jealously.



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‘ ‘ You will undergo, a one week training to learn more about our standards of service delivery. Once the training is complete, you will be posted to your work immediately’’ the ‘Appointment letters’ furthers noted.
‘The Appointment Letters’ dated 2nd November 2017, were printed on Java House headed Papers and signed by One Dr. Nickson Wakhungu.
Unfortunately, Dr. Nickson Wakhungu, did not state his title.
He ended the letter by congratulating the candidates for securing slots at Java House.



However, Java House Management denied ever advertising for jobs or even asking for money from job seekers.
The fraudsters could have taken advantage of job posting on Java House website. ‘ ‘We are recruiting for several new and exciting positions in Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja so if you are young, energetic, hospitable and looking to grow professionally, we invite you to apply now!’’ read the Job advert on company’s website.
The applicants were required to apply online.




From a single branch in Nairobi in 1999, Java House has grown to more than 50 branches in East Africa and around 1,800 staff today, In Uganda, Java has three branches, Entebbe, Bugolobi, Jinja, and Kampala.

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