If your friend has received his IPA number, then it is his FIN number, ie, the ID number that will be assigned permanently to him and printed on his employment or work pass when he picks it up. See the example below. Your friend should ask for a copy of the letter to be scanned or faxed to him to verify that it looks like the example below. There will also be as many as 8 additional pages covering medical items, required documentation, etc. The agent should also supply this to your friend.Hi, a friend of mine (Indian) received an IPA no. from an agent and has been asked to pay the fees. My friend is unable to trust the agent because of some issues he encountered with him, is there any way he can verify if the IPA is real. He has the IPA no. Please let me know. Thanks for your help.
You can also go to this website to see if it is a valid FIN number: http://nric.biz/. Note that this does not actually verify if a number has been issued, only that it is a valid number with a correct checksum.
Other than that, your friend should email/call MOM and ask that his IPA be verified.