Stitch takes the security of its customers very seriously, especially since older adults tend to be a demographic that is frequently targeted for scams both online and offline. While Stitch has a function that allows you to report users whom you don't think are using Stitch in good faith (possibly leading to them getting kicked off the website), it also has a way to make sure very few of those types of people ever make it onto the website in the first place: identity verification.
Everyone on Stitch has to verify their identity before they can:
View complete user profiles, including first names and photos
Send and receive messages with other Stitch users
Make secure phone calls with other Stitch users using Stitch's private phone service
Suggest or RSVP for a Stitch event
RSVP for a Stitch travel package
Getting your identity verified on Stitch shows other Stitch users that you can be trusted, because you're buying into the Stitch community's mission of keeping everyone safe.
While the information that Stitch asks you for is a little more personal than what some other dating websites may ask you for, there's a good reason for that: it can be cross-checked against government databases. This means that it's much more difficult to fake than, say, an address or credit card number. Scammers and con artists may be able to use phony information to set up operations on other dating websites, but their usual tricks won't work on Stitch.
And, rest assured, Stitch collects your personal information for verification purposes only. The only people they'll share it with are the people who cross-check it against government records. They won't store it at any time, and this means that they won't share it with any other Stitch user, either.
How to get verified on Stitch
Go to www.stitch.net in your web browser and log in. When you get to your main screen, click Get Verified at the top of the screen.
You can also get here by clicking Menu in the top-right corner, and then clicking Settings.
Then, in the "Settings" menu, click Verification.
You have two options for getting verified: Photo Check and Personal Details. The Personal Details one is much simpler (as Photo Check requires the use of a computer-mounted camera — or "webcam" — in order to use it), so go ahead and click that option.
First up is your general information. Click in each of the boxes here and type in your first name, last name, street address, state/province/territory, city, and mailing code. Then click the drop-down menu and select your country. Finally, click Next.
Next, you will have to type in the last four digits of your Social Security Number, as well as your date of birth. Click in the box highlighted here and type in the last four digits of your social security number. Then, click each of the drop-down menus below this box and select the year, month, and day of your birth, respectively. Then click Next.
You will now have a chance to review your information before you submit it. (Don't worry; the information in the screenshot below is just for test purposes, and is not a real person! It probably wouldn't even work if you used it!) Click Change to repeat steps 5 and 6 if you need to fix something, or click Verify to continue.
Stitch will quickly use its partnered verification service, BlockScore, to see if your information checks out. If it does, you will receive a notification that you have been verified! Congratulations! You are now ready to use Stitch!