Never, never. It's a scam, please report the client and post and quit communicating with them. I have a feeling I know which company asked you this. Was it $12 to a Paypal account?
Actually I received an interview and they wanted me to buy a 49.99 software, when I said that I didn't have the funds(I am just starting out on Upwork), they then asked me to go to the bank and get a $5.00 Cashiers Check and send it to them for "training purposes".
Definitely a scam. Just report the job posting. Keep in mind a legit client will give offer you a contract on the platform in which they will send you an offer and you will review and accept or decline. Also another great thing to keep in mind, never, ever accept any sort of payment off platform.
Lots of contractors DO SPEND MONEY in order to enhance their skills and their ability to provide services to clients.
Contractors pay for schooling, buy books, take training courses. Contractors buy software. I know I do. I have purchased many software programs over the years, and learned how to use them. I pay money every month to maintain my own development servers.
These investments have allowed me to charge higher and higher prices to clients.
But NEVER pay money to a client. Because that's a scam. It's not simply a bad practice or unethical. It is completely fruitless. Anybody posing as a "client" who asks you to pay them money is dead set against ever paying any freelancer any money.
I think every interview I have had is a scammer. They all want to pay outside of Upwork. Will pay by check or direct deposit. I have told them all, I don't think I am interested. How do I find a legitimate offer?
Unfortunately most invites you will get right now since you are new will be scammers. It's common. Concentrate on applying to posts relevant in your area of expertise and once you start getting legit clients under your belt these scammers will essentially leave you alone. They love to target freshers because they think they don't know how the platform works.
In the meantime you can read a lot of the helpful links here in the forum (two at the top of the page here; Job warning signs and how to get your first job) and other materials in the help section. It will really help you to spot these scammers quick so you don't waste your time with them.
Thanks all. My only skills are that I have had over 30 years of Secretarial experience. I have worked in all kinds of environments, Chemical plant, Small University, Medical Records Department of a Children's Hospital, and doing Payroll for a Staffing Agency.
What would you suggest?