I sympathize with your friend. When one is hard up for work or money philosophically such things may happen. It was for a photography workshop with another photographer as I understand from his post. Personally I would not like midddle men making money off my back or sweat might as well conduct my own workshop..haha, not That I am that good. Does this ad yesterday sound credible ( for students), the email looks odd? Especially when govt. highlight fraudulent claims via skills development fund and Education fund? ( the accused siphoned SGD $42 million).
Wow, Thomson Reuters is an established multi-national financial news and information agency. Why didn't you send a letter of demand? I think each legal letter of demand should be about $200. Or just publicize it. You have nothing to lose.