From www.dnb.com website, "Press Expedited to receive your D&B DUNS Number in 1-5 business days for a processing fee of $49 plus applicable taxes. Press Thirty Days to receive your D&B DUNS Number in up to 30 business days, for no charge". I chose 30-day and no DUNS was assigned to me. Andrew Waters, a D&B eUpdate Business Analyst called me on 03/24/06 and asked me to pay $99 so he could assigned me a DUNS number. He also said no money no DUNS number. I think this is a bad practice and potential lawsuit will follow later. They should not offer the free option on their website to mislead people.
This is the typical bait and switch that got them into trouble with BIPAR and other assorted concoctions. Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters of ABC News had an expose on DNB in 1989 along with Johnny Roberts' article in the Wall Street Journal that same year.