CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada non-profits are getting calls from services offering to update an important federal ID number for just $549 dollars. The problem is, the non-profits can do it themselves for free.
“Nonprofits have enough to worry about,” wrote Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto in a prepared statement. “They should not pay money for a service that is free. I caution nonprofit leaders not to fall victim to these scams.”
Cortez Masto is warning all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements to beware of individuals who ask for a fee to update their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) report.
A DUNS number, a requirement of receiving federal money that must be updated annually, was adopted as the standard business identifier for federal electronic commerce in 1994. There is no charge for registration, updates and revisions.
The numbers can be updated at the following sites without a fee according to the Nevada Attorney General.