Lens maker Carl Zeiss has alerted UK dealers about a ‘possible fraud attempt’ by a man using ‘fake’ postal orders.

Zeiss UK spokesman Paul Longley said: ‘A number of customers have been contacted by a gentleman with an odd accent wanting to purchase expensive equipment. Very few questions are asked about the equipment, there is no haggling over price and he says he will send a cheque for the amount agreed.

‘However when the payment arrives it is made by postal order? These postal orders are fake.’

Longley warned dealers: ‘If you receive such an order and payment, either by cheque or postal order please make sure they are genuine by having your bank or post office check them thoroughly for you.

‘Please do not ship any equipment until you are happy the payment is genuine… Parasites like this need to be defeated. Business is hard enough without this added headache to contend with.’

Longley urges anyone who has experienced this fraud attempt, or a similar one, to contact him urgently. He can be contacted at p.longley@zeiss.co.uk