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Did you contract with D & B to do this? If not, how are they justifying charging you?
It is legal for D&B to charge you if you agree to pay them for their service. They can't just do it without your permission and then charge you.
They are, or at least used to be, the primary source of a company business rating but it really doesn't seem to be as important as it used to be for a small business.
I've never seen a small business particularly affected by not having a D&B rating.
So, to sum up and be clear, there is nothing that requires you to hire them to perform the service of increasing your score on their service but if you did agree and they did the work then you would be obligated to pay them.
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