(a) As used in this section, “simulated check” means any document that is not currency or a check, draft, note, bond, or other negotiable instrument but that, because of its appearance, has the tendency to mislead or deceive any person viewing it into believing that it, in fact, represents any of the following: (1) currency or a negotiable instrument that can be deposited in a bank or used for third party payments; (2) a prize, gift, or monetary benefit that the recipient has won or is entitled or guaranteed to receive; or (3) an actual check or other item of value that can be claimed or redeemed. “Simulated check” does not include a nonnegotiable check, draft, note, or other instrument that is used for soliciting orders for the purchase of checks, drafts, notes, bonds, or other instruments, and that is clearly marked as a sample, specimen, or nonnegotiable. “Simulated check” also does not include any document indicating in a truthful and nonmisleading manner that a person, in fact, unconditionally has won or is entitled or guaranteed to receive a specific prize, gift, or amount of money or credit.
(b) No person shall produce, advertise, offer for sale, sell, distribute, or otherwise transfer for use in this state any simulated check.
(c) The Attorney General may bring an action to enjoin a violation of this section, and to recover a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars ($100) for each violation of this section. A violation of this section may be enjoined without proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged by the violation.
(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 185, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2001.)