More people say they’ve been scammed by Halal Food Australia owner Shane Hunter aka Mohammed Iskander
A con man convicted of luring Muslim business owners to board his fledgling Halal Food Australia business has left a trail of people out of their pocket.
More and more people have come forward to say they feel seriously wronged by Halal Food Australia owner Shane Hunter, who also uses Mohammed Iskander’s name.
Hunter, born in Australia, is said to have adopted the pseudonym Mohammed Iskander when he married an Indonesian Muslim woman.
In 2014, Mr Hunter was jailed after being convicted by a jury of fraud while working for a company that sold point-of-sale equipment to supermarkets.
Its business activities since 2018 have focused on the sale of promotional services for companies respecting halal rules and traditions.
Halal Food Australia targets both Australian Muslim citizens and holidaymakers from Muslim countries, with a directory of verified Halal outlets as well as a range of Halal products and meal deliveries.
Last week, PerthNow revealed allegations by Simon Says Burger owner Simon Mohiuddin, who paid Mr Hunter thousands of dollars to help him mark his signature word “goosty”, which means good and tasty.
But the businessman instead registered the trademark for his own company Matjar Pty Ltd.
Mr Mohiuddin said he also donated $ 1,800 to be an award nominating sponsor at the first ever Halal Food Australia Awards which never took place.
He said Mr. Hunter “was using the word Muslim to scam people and so far everyone who got scammed by him is Muslim.”
“He chooses his victims carefully,” he said.
“He is very charismatic and very good at convincing people that he is a very good businessman.”
Graphic designer Ali * said Mr Hunter hired him to develop a branding campaign for his Halal Food Australia website.
Ali said Mr Hunter boasts of a strong business acumen with strong support from government and the corporate sector.
“When we first met he spoke of his passion for halal issues and the need to make this space his own,” he said.
“He said it was a multi-million dollar market that had so far been untapped, but important people had started to take notice.
“He said he had been in contact with the Western Australian Tourism Board as well as the City of Perth to provide Halal dining options for Muslim tourists and that many local halal catering businesses had started to go there. join.
He also said he was in advanced talks with the city of Melbourne to launch a halal cooking festival and his contacts with Telstra would catapult the event into an iconic spectacle.
“He had also started to get into the halal meat industry and with packaging that I had designed for him, and was supposed to be about to launch his new product line through Woolworths, Coles and IGA. “
Ali said that after months had passed and Mr Hunter failed to pay all of his bills, he hired debt collectors.
“He blamed COVID for the delay, but for the long-term vision he described, and with promises to be a shareholder with annual dividend payments and voting rights for his company Matjar Pty Ltd, j ‘was ready to give him some leeway,’ he said. noted.
“When my shareholder dividends hadn’t arrived and my invoices for him were out of date again, I decided to hire the debt collectors.
“A few months later, I discovered that many other people in the Muslim community had also experienced similar incidents and that massive promises had not been kept. “
Nazrul Islam is another victim who claims that Mr. Hunter owes him money.
He met Mr Hunter in October 2020 when he was setting up a halal-based start-up called HalalMe.
He claims Mr Hunter stole some of his ideas for his Halal Food Australia website and charged him over $ 1,000 to build a website and platform, but the job was never done.
In emails spotted by PerthNow, Mr Hunter told Mr Islam that he would promote his business when he flew over the east for meetings with the Supreme Islamic Halal Meat Council in Australia, the Australian Federation. Islamic councils, the Australian National Council of Imams, the Australian Halal Authority and Steggles. finalize the launch licenses for halal brands and packaging.
Mr. Islam said that Mr. Hunter was targeting innocent Muslims and taking advantage of their generosity.
“I wanted to do something for the halal industry in Australia to better regulate it,” he said.
“A friend introduced me to Mr. Hunter who told me he could help me create the HalalMe platform.
“I had been working on the start-up since early 2020 trying to bring all halal outlets together under one platform and issue digital copies of halal certificates.
“I paid him thousands of dollars to build the platform, including an Uber Eats style delivery system, and sort the domain names.
“Nothing was ever done except a logo, which I paid him $ 300 to design, but he gave up on Fiverr for $ 10.
“He kept saying he needed more money and when I started chasing him for proof of the work I had paid him for, he was suddenly not reachable.”
Mr. Islam warned the community to stay away from Mr. Hunter.
“He is a shady businessman and the community needs to be aware that no one else gets ripped off by him,” he said.
“He now operates a food business in the city, which is surprising considering that six months ago he had no money to eat food.
“I urge the community to stay away from their lies and their businesses.”
PerthNow spoke to two other Muslim business owners and executives who also say they were scammed by Mr Hunter.
They say they loaned him money and were never paid for the services they provided.
Consumer Protection wishes to hear from all consumers who believe they have been misled by Mr. Hunter and his company Matjar Pty Ltd.
Complaints can be made online at consumerprotection.wa.gov.au, by email [email protected] or by calling 1300 30 40.
PerthNow asked Mr Hunter for comment, but he did not respond.