"Roma (Gypsies) have traveled in ""caravans"" (covered wagons) since the Middle Ages. In the 20th century, these wagons were gradually replaced by cars, trucks, and house trailers, although there may still be a few Roma traveling in horse-drawn wagons somewhere in the world. Roma people have long had a reputation of being good at handling and trading horses. In the contemporary world, many of them have made the seemingly logical transition to working with and trading automobiles. Some people don't realize how many Roma live in the modern world, because Roma will often identify themselves to outsiders as being Egyptian, Native American, Mexican, Greek, or something else other than Roma/Gypsies. This is to avoid the suspicion and discrimination that often fall on them. Gypsy fortune-telling, which is still extremely common today, is generally a scam designed to take money from ""Gadje"" (non-Gypsies). Most Gypsies/Roma don't tell fortunes among themselves-- at least not by palm-reading, card-reading, or crystal ball-gazing. Gypsy fortune-telling is mostly a front to attract victims for the ""bujo"" con and other frauds. ""Bujo"" (also spelled Bojo, Boojoo, and various other ways) is a confidence game in which the operator, typically a fortune teller or ""psychic adviser,"" diagnoses the victim as suffering from a curse. The operator offers to remove the curse, in the course of which the victim must withdraw all her money from the bank and give it to the ""psychic"" to be ""cleansed."" The ""psychic and the money then disappear, and the victim never sees either again. There are some other notorious Gypsy cons, such as, for example, ""the Gypsy Sweetheart Scam."" Performing them is usually the job of the women in the family. Not all Gypsies are involved in this kind of fraud, but it is common among many Gypsy tribes."
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