The gypsy money curse would have to be the oldest recorded criminal scam in history - there are stories of gypsies running this scam on ancient Egyptians.
They put out a fortuneteller sign. Everybody gets their fortune told for a few measly dollars. It's not about fortunetelling. It's about keeping your net out to capture the right person. A lonely widow, gullible old man. You see, your money is cursed. It's bringing you pain, misery and bad luck. Until you get rid of it, it will haunt you. I can get rid of this curse for you.
Sometimes they ask for their life savings, switch it with fake money and pretend to throw it into a fire to burn it up. Other times they recommend somebody it should be given to. Same old curse.
Al Gore is running a 3,000 year old scam and he's identified the perfect suckers ... the soft, goofy, gullible television-fried rubes who inhabit the decaying remains of Western civilization. Do as I say, not as I do, rubes.