BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two Decatur residents are accused of scamming north Alabama residents out of nearly $19,000 by phoning to say they’d missed federal jury duty and would be arrested unless they sent money immediately.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham, Alabama, says 35-year-old Teiana Marie Taylor and 42-year-old Orenthial Walker were arrested Monday in Georgia.

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It says each is charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud.

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The indictment alleges they’d tell victims to send money through gift cards or commercial services to an account they controlled, and would transfer it as directed by an unidentified co-conspirator.

Online court records don’t show an attorney who could speak for either.

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A news release notes that federal courts mail jury summonses and never demand payment by phone or via gift cards.