Granite Telecommunications is warning nonprofits to stay cautious and be on the lookout for an increase in phishing attacks targeting their organizations. The company has received multiple reports of fraudulent emails and web domains falsely claiming to be affiliated with Granite’s President & CEO, Robert Hale, and the Hale family, offering charitable grants to nonprofits. These fraudulent schemes have become more frequent and sophisticated.

Granite is actively working with law enforcement to combat these scams, but acknowledges that not all of them can be prevented. Nonprofits that are concerned about the authenticity of any communications claiming to be from Robert Hale, Granite Telecommunications, or any other entity associated with the Hale family or Granite, are encouraged to contact Granite’s security team will conduct a thorough investigation upon receiving notification of potentially fraudulent activity.

It should be noted that Robert Hale, the Hale family, Granite Telecommunications, or any related entities do not engage in activities such as accepting unsolicited grant requests, requesting or distributing funding through email or the internet, or asking for personal financial information.

For more information about detecting, preventing, and reporting fraud, the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection and the FTC Complaint Assistant websites are good resources.

Granite is a telecommunications company that provides advanced communications and technology solutions to businesses and government agencies in the US and Canada. With a customer base that includes two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies, Granite manages over 1.75 million voice and data lines across more than 650,000 locations. The company offers a range of services, including access, UCaaS, mobile voice and data, and managed network solutions. Granite is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts, and has 11 regional offices throughout the country.