Any company with an EIN, a DUNS, or a transaction history will pose unnecessary risks in terms of back taxes, unseen debt, unfiled returns, or pending litigation. People unload bad companies, so you’re left holding the bag. Don’t be that person.
Be careful and smart. Start with a clean unused aged shelf company and then obtain the EIN, then the DUNS. But there are a few steps to handle before you apply for the DUNS.
When you apply for business credit with Lowes or Home Depot, or with another company, they will ask for a business credit report from D&B. D&B seeks to sell business credit reports. That’s how they make money. So, they will issue a DUNS for free so they can sell that business credit report to LOWES. Don’t pay D&B for DUNS.