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You need consent if you take (and publish) photographs of people for non-strictly-private purposes, or you are in violation of PIPEDA. You may not trespass when taking photographs of private property (but you may otherwise take photos). You may not violate copyright law of public performances and the like (such as, record a video of the movie in a cinema). ...


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Going around verifying whether supposedly-extant Bitcoin ATMs in public places are actually present and apparently functional is not in and of itself illegal activity. Some of these machines may not be in public places (for example, they may be in privately-owned stores or malls). In those cases, you would have to make sure that what you want to do is in ...


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I think it's a simpler scam And I'm sure of that because they want Bitcoin ATMs specifically. Scams work in small steps. Right now, the instruction is to go out and take photos of the ATM machines and gather data. They have no real interest in the data; it's just busy-work to build up your confidence. Later, the instruction will be to deposit cash into ...


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The answers stating that this is a bad idea or a scam might be missing something. In the UK "secret shopping" is a legitimate thing and many companies rely on it to get feedback on the services they supply or gather market info etc. It may or may not be normal in Canada. If I found this task on a secret shopper portal I wouldn't be alarmed. An app provider ...


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In addition to skimmers, another reason to have photos like this is that some ATMs are poorly secured. A surprisingly common type of theft is to steal the whole ATM. Banks are poor targets as their external ATMs are typically big and bulky. ATMs in stores, however, are often small and only bolted down. Stealing the whole machine can net you thousands of ...


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Legal? Maybe. Legitimate? Absolutely Not. I'm not qualified to guess whether documenting the make, model and location of ATMs is technically legal in your jurisdiction. A list like that isn't something I would want found in my possession during a police search though. However, I can say without a doubt: This information is not being gathered for legitimate ...


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I don't know CoinBase, but usually these Bitcoin portals allow you to create a bitcoin address for incoming funds where he can send the coins to. If that's not enough for him, something fishy is happening.


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Ultimately, financial institutions have responsibility to monitor their accounts and transactions for suspected fraudulent activity. The good news is, this lets them help law enforcement catch criminals, which is arguably good for us all. The bad news is, this sometimes means they suspend legitimate activities because they suspect there is fraud involved. ...


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