Wildly Popular YouTube Series 'To Catch a Cheater' Sometimes Uses Actors, Investigation Finds

Playing How Real Is YouTube’s ‘To Catch a Cheater'?

Millions tune into the wildly popular YouTube channel "To Catch a Cheater" every week. However, it seems the series might be doing some cheating of its own. 

Created by Luis Mercado and Sam Bhavnani, the show sets out to catch cheaters in the act. With tens of millions of views, the channel has been extremely profitable for the pair. 

But it turns out some segments on the show might not be real. Inside Edition's Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero tracked down some of the "couples" who appeared on the show. 

In one episode, Micah Potts and Tameika Dawkins are portrayed as a couple who have been dating for two years when she supposedly catches him cheating with an Instagram model.

But is it true? Potts and Dawkins say they had met earlier that day and that they're both hired actors. 

"If we didn't sell it, it wouldn't be believable," Dawkins told Guerrero.

"And you sold it!" Guerrero replied.

The pair claims the entire episode was directed, with Dawkins being coached on when to "catch" Potts in the act. 

"[It's] all completely fake," said Potts. "It was all a scene we were doing."

Some of the series' episodes feature teens. Jessica has appeared in not one, but two episodes, and is cheated on in both. But she too is an aspiring actress. 

"No, there is nothing real, my name wasn't real, my age, my boyfriend, I didn't have a boyfriend," Jessica said. "I didn't meet the kid who cheated on me. None of it was real."

And it's no surprise that her so-called boyfriend in the second episode, Marquis, was also an actor. 

"I would like for people to know that it was fake and just an acting job and it wasn't real and we're not actually together," Marquis said.

When asked about using actors, the show's creator told Inside Edition: "These are couples who regret being on the show or change their mind and feel that they will take less backlash if they say they were acting instead of saying it's real."

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