YouTube Gold Digger Pranks: How Real?

Here’s everything about gold digger pranks on YouTube being real:

In the vast majority of cases, you can reasonably assume that gold digger pranks on YouTube are not real.

Some content creators will swear that the videos are real, but upon closer inspection, that is unlikely to be true.

It is possible that some videos were organic, but most are staged and scripted.

So if you want to learn all about the authenticity of YouTube gold digger pranks, then this article is for you.

Let’s jump right into it!

YouTube Gold Digger Pranks: How Real? (Everything to Know)

What Are Gold Digger Pranks on YouTube? (3 Scenarios)

If we’re going to talk about whether or not gold digger pranks are real, we should probably first establish what they even are.

While you could nitpick definitions, generally speaking, gold digger pranks are a common video format for channels on YouTube.

You might find them on other video-enabled social media sites like TikTok.

What really matters is the gist of how they work.

While each video will be unique to an extent, they tend to follow the same format.

The content creator is typically a male who encounters a female in the video.

More often than not, the female will be attractive at a glance (obviously that’s subjective, but the videos try to cater to a largely heterosexual male viewer base).

When the content creator engages the woman and tries to ask her out on a date or for contact information, she is resistant.

Then, he finds some way to demonstrate that he is very wealthy, often by getting into an extremely expensive car.

The woman then tries to engage with the content creator and her demeanor changes.

The videos usually end with the content creator shaming the woman for being a “gold digger” and ending the encounter.

If that’s not clear enough, I have a few specific examples below that will help you see that, while there is variation, these videos follow very common trends.

#1 Supercar Temptation

In our first example, the YouTuber approaches a couple walking near a park or a beach.

The location doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that the YouTuber is apparently approaching a male and female who appear to be dating.

The YouTuber opens a dialogue with the couple and openly flirts with or hits on the female in the relationship.

She is resistant to this and makes it clear that she is dating the man next to her in the video.

The YouTuber appears to give up on his flirting efforts and gets into his Lamborghini or another supercar.

Upon seeing that, the female stops what she is doing and engages with the YouTuber.

Ultimately, she agrees to ditch her current boyfriend who is right there in the video in order to go on a date with the YouTuber.

Once she makes this commitment, the YouTuber calls her a gold digger.

He shames her for being a bad person, or whatever, and then he offers to go to the club with the now-ditched boyfriend.

The two guys drive off together.

#2 The Random Encounter

A more common variation of gold digger pranks doesn’t involve a couple.

Instead, the YouTuber tries to happen across a chance encounter with a woman, usually walking along a sidewalk wherever the video is being filmed.

This example is pretty much right in line with the formula.

What happens here is that the YouTuber is already next to a supercar.

The idea is that women walking by will assume that he is very wealthy because of the car.

So, he waits for a woman who engages with him. 

When that happens, he flirts and offers to take her on a date right then and there.

She agrees, and he tells her to get in the car.

The big switch is that instead of getting into the supercar, he starts to get into the average vehicle parked near it.

The woman then hesitates or cancels on him, and he takes that opportunity to accuse her of being a gold digger.

Shaming ensues, and no date happens.

#3 Offering a Ride

A variation on the prank above is for the YouTuber to offer the woman in the video a ride.

This is still trying to convey a random encounter between the YouTuber and the woman in the video.

The guy strikes up a conversation with a woman walking by, and he offers her a ride.

The difference here is that he is not right next to his supercar.

Instead, he’s far enough away that she doesn’t assume the car is his.

The woman rejects his offer, so he walks over to the supercar and gets in.

When the woman sees which car is his, she reengages and decides to take him up on the ride after all.

The YouTuber might have a friendly conversation for a bit, but ultimately, the jig is up.

He accuses her of being a gold digger and shames her behavior.

He doesn’t give her a ride, and that’s it for the video.

You can see how this works.

They all follow the same essential idea of tricking a woman into revealing that she is a gold digger.

When that happens, shame ensues.

Are Gold Digger Pranks on YouTube Real? (3 Arguments)

That’s a pretty strong background.

Now, we can get to the real question at hand. Are these videos real?

In most cases, no.

In fact, it’s unlikely that any of the mainstream gold digger pranks are real.

The internet is a big place, so maybe somewhere you’ll find a real, organic encounter, but that’s definitely not the trend.

In fact, when you analyze different aspects of these videos and the trends that they follow, it’s pretty much inevitable that they can’t be real.

From consent and defamation laws to the mere production seen in the videos, there are a lot of clues that let you know it’s all staged.

I’ll take you through each of them.

#1 Video Consent

This is the big one.

In every gold digger prank I could find, the girl in the video is clearly visible and identifiable.

Her face isn’t blurred out.

That alone is a big tell.

Consent and defamation laws are pretty complicated and can even vary by state, so I can’t give you a perfect one-size-fits-all rule, but there’s a generalization that most video creators follow.

If a person’s face is clearly visible in your video, you should get written consent before filming, and definitely before posting.

Without that written consent, the person in the video could have legal grounds to sue you and claim a share of any profits that you make off of their image.

Taking a completely different route, they could also sue you for defamation.

Since gold digger pranks are very unflattering to the females recorded, a defamation case just might hold water.

Generally speaking, when you see someone’s face in these videos, you can safely assume that they gave written consent to be posted on YouTube.

You might argue that some gold diggers would be willing to do this just for fame, but considering how unflattering the videos are (and how many don’t have that many views), this is unlikely in most cases.

It’s much more likely that the females in the videos are in on the prank from the start and are just working as actors.

#2 Scripting

If the consent aspect doesn’t convince you, then there’s also scripting to consider.

This won’t apply to absolutely every video, but it’s definitely a problem for many of them.

It’s common enough for these prank videos to involve conversations that sound very scripted.

In reality, people often struggle to find the right words to say something, especially when they’re feeling uncomfortable.

Body language also usually reflects those feelings.

In these videos, people rarely struggle to find words.

Lines are often rushed and have unusual inflection.

Despite the fact that the cameras are stationary, the women in the videos never seem to naturally drift out of the shot, and they consistently stay angled so you can see their faces the whole time.

If these videos were genuine, organic encounters, you’d see a lot more awkward framing, and the camera would often seem out of place.

In some cases, the dialogue just plain sounds like bad acting.

If it sounds like bad acting, it probably is.

#3 Identifiable Actors

The last thing I have for you is pretty concrete.

Some of the women in the videos are easily identified actors and/or social media influencers.

It’s actually pretty common for social media influencers to collaborate, so it wouldn’t be that strange for an Instagram star to show up as a character in a YouTube video.

I’m only going to show you one specific example (breaking down every channel would take way too long), but it’s enough that you can get the idea.

If you wanted to dig a little deeper, you would see that many of these videos feature social media stars.

This video is a bit of an inversion of the gold digger prank style.

The woman in the video actually is not a gold digger and is shown in a very positive light.

That’s probably why the video so openly shows her social media.

What you can see is that she is prevalent on social media with hundreds of thousands of followers.

She also has a business email in her profile.

It would be very easy to reach out to her to try and plan a video together.

Clearly, this was a collaboration and staged.


  • Theresa McDonough

    Tech entrepreneur and founder of Tech Medic, who has become a prominent advocate for the Right to Repair movement. She has testified before the US Federal Trade Commission and been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, helping influence change within the tech industry.

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