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It has come to our attention that individuals purporting to be representatives or employees of Barrick Gold Corporation are contacting members of the public to offer fraudulent investment opportunities. These investment schemes may involve a purported exchange offer with a company called “United Commodity AG”offers to broker sales of gold bullion or doré to investors, or to purchase “memberships” in Barrick or its affiliates. The individuals behind these schemes typically use falsified documents (such as certificates and agreements) bearing Barrick’s logo or marks and falsified signatures from Barrick executives, in an attempt to persuade potential investors that the investment opportunities are legitimate.

In the past, similar schemes have focused primarily on residents of Germany and other European countries. The more recent schemes also appear to be targeting prospective investors in the United States.

Barrick is not involved in any exchange offers with United Commodity AG, and we do not solicit investments from individuals in this manner, either directly or through third parties. Neither Barrick nor any of its affiliates sells metal products directly to members of the public. Nor do we sell “memberships” in Barrick as our common shares are listed and posted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ABX and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GOLD. 

If you have been targeted in a scheme such as the ones described above, please contact your local law enforcement office or your local securities regulator.

If you have any questions as to whether an investment opportunity involving Barrick is legitimate, contact us directly by emailing or by calling 1-800-720-7415 (toll free in North America) or 416 861-9911 (collect).