Whether it's someone you're meeting online or it's someone your friends know, aim to drop the things you know about them and start fresh.
Don't ask your friends to tell you everything they can because you can end up with a tainted view of what to expect.
Sometimes horror stories about them can make for fun discussion, but don't ever bring your ex into the conversation if it's not called for."Please don't assume we're going to the nicest restaurant in the city because I won't take you there.I'll take you to a dive bar with amazing burgers to see how you react.You shouldn't be one to judge a book by its cover, obviously, but if he's actively trying to deceive people, that says a lot about his personality. And to be totally fair, physical chemistry is still important.16. If he talks to you constantly but doesn't meet up, or have social media profiles, or ever want to video chat ... Start doing reverse image searches (and don't forget to flip the image in case he's doing the same thing to throw you off the scent).