I’ve seen the excuse (very rarely!) used by buyers, but it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a seller claiming they can’t complete transactions because they’re dead! That’s just what a seller tried to get away with until it was proved otherwise when he was prosecuted.
A court sentenced the seller to 18 months in jail along with a concurrent six months for perjury for claiming he was in Canada, his mother died and even that he himself had passed away.
Small comfort to the buyers who he ripped off in what the court described as a “horrible, cynical fashion”. It’s no surprise that eBay are tightening up on payment methods with PayPal being a compulsory choice in the UK and the banning of paper payment methods in the US.
Whilst sellers may bemoan the fact that buyer protection often seems to favour the buyer, at the expense of the seller, it’s crooks like these that have made it a priority to protect buyers.