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Warren Moon scammed out of $200,000, thought he was buying share of Miami Heat

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For Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, the offer presumably sounded pretty sweet.

Moon was offered four floor seats to Miami Heat home games and the opportunity to make a down payment for a five percent minority ownership stake in the NBA champions by a man named George French Jones. All the longtime NFL quarterback had to do was wire $200,000 to a bank in Pasadena, which he did.

The problem was, Jones didn't have those seats to give Moon and he sure didn't have a minority stake in the team to sell Moon either. Moon was scammed.

The Fox affiliate in Los Angeles had the story. The FBI, after being contacted by the NBA and the Heat, is looking into the scam.

The Fox report said Jones also tried to get money from former Super Bowl champion Patriots player Jarvis Green and eight-time NFL Pro Bowler Charles Woodson.

Moon played 17 NFL seasons for the Oilers, Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs, and currently ranks sixth on the all-time passing list (sandwiched between Drew Brees and Tom Brady) with 49,325 yards. He is currently a broadcaster for the Seahawks.

Moon is suing French through Moon's company, Sports 1 Marketing. The problem is French has disappeared. Moon and his agents didn't comment to Fox.

So if you're a NFL player and a man tries selling you a share of the Miami Heat and some floor seats, that amazing offer is one you'll want to pass on.

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