Fighting Spam

What Is Spam?

Spam, also known as junk email, is unsolicited commercial email. In other words, advertising material that you did not want to receive.

Not only is spam annoying and an inconvenience, spam has a real cost associated with it, such as the congestion it causes on network traffic and lowered productivity in companies and businesses. Many governments, companies and organisations around the world are working together to fight the problem.

Why RewardsCentral Hates Spam

RewardsCentral believes that consumers should have control and should enjoy a benefit from receiving advertising email. RewardsCentral has worked hard to develop an opt-in program and earn the trust of hundreds of thousands of members.

Spam undermines this hard work and is damaging to the email advertising industry.

RewardsCentral believes that:

  • Governments should do all they can to tackle the problem of spam.

    Filtering and blocking software is only a temporary solution. The problem should be approached bylegislating against spam and enabling authorities to find offenders and prosecute.
  • Consumers should be educated on how to protect themselves from spam. We have listed some tips on the right to help you fight the battle for your inbox.

Emails From RewardsCentral

Here is a sample of what an RewardsCentral email may look like. This will help you to distinguish between genuine RewardsCentral email and other commercial email that is not related to RewardsCentral.
RewardsCentral Email Offers Sample

Remember RewardsCentral never sells your email address to a third party, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Fight Back Against Spam

The first step to protecting yourself from spam is to understand how spammers operate.

Firstly, there are email address gatherers that collect email addresses from every possible source. They search in places such as web pages, newsgroups, domain owner listings, ICQ member listings, basically anywhere they can get email addresses.

Once they have your address, they will sell it to anyone and everyone, sometimes for as little as 0.01 of a cent. Spammers can spend just $100 to purchase 1 million email addresses. That's why spammers can afford to send millions and millions of email every day. The problem gets worse when more and more people start sending more and more spam.

To protect yourself from spam, you should do everything in your power to prevent your email address from being added to these email purchase lists. Once you are on the list, then your email address will be sold again and again, and you will start to receive endless annoying spam.

Here are some tips to help you protect your email inbox.

  • Don't open, reply to, or forward junk email that you receive. Opening or replying to junk mail may confirm to the sender that your email address is real and "live". By doing this, you may end up receiving even more junk email.
  • If you have a web site, don't put your email address on it. Some spammers use "robots", software programs that automatically trawl the web and grab email addresses from web sites and add them to spam lists. If you do publish your email address on a web site, then you should expect to receive lots of spam.
  • Set up spam filters or spam blocks on your email software. Most software and free email services these days have spam filters that can help by automatically deleting or rejecting spam email.

    But be careful! Because of the nature of the emails RewardsCentral sends, some filters may reject legitimate emails from RewardsCentral that you do want to receive. You can add the domain "rewardscentral.com.au" or email address "post@rewardscentral.com.au" to an exception list to ensure that RewardsCentral emails are delivered correctly.
  • Be careful about giving out your email address and registering on web sites. You can trust RewardsCentral with your email address as we are a reputable, registered Australian company with a strict privacy and permission policy. Always read the fine print when registering with a company... this should tell you what the company you are signing up to plans to do with your email address.
  • If you do have to register with an online service, make sure you never tick "I agree to receive email from third party companies".