People who owe money often come up with the darnest excuses. Sometimes they’re backed into a corner and cant make the payment, other times they are just being full of nonsense. Nowadays a payment can be made from anywhere and at anytime, so most of the time these are the simplest delay-tactic statements:

  1. My bookkeeper was supposed to make the payment
  2. Please resend the invoice
  3. I thought I paid this, let me check
  4. I’ve been out of town 
  5. I made the payment but I forgot to release it
  6. Sorry, we’re making the payment today (repeat and repeat!)
  7. The guy who signs off payments has been out of the office

Most people appreciate honesty, they’re tired of hearing the same things over and over again.