Around 10 years ago, Yahoo! used to have this email program for minors that my mom signed me up for. Since then they have discontinued the system, while I was still a minor. Because of that, I have been unable to access my email for about 5 years, and I stopped caring about the email. But today, I got an email from no-reply@cc.yahoo-inc.com saying

It looks like you haven't signed into 2*****************************b3 for quite some time. Please sign into your account on Yahoo! within the next 60 days if you'd like to keep your account active.

email screenshot

I noticed one main thing:

  • My Yahoo! email wasn't 2*****************************b3

But I still decided to try to get my account back, and resetting my password I got it.

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I checked my settings, and all the information from my old email is still there (like my name and a few other small things). So I tried to check my mail to see if it kept anything, but it redirected me to another page with a header of

Add a Yahoo! ID and email address


Upgrade your account by choosing a new Yahoo! ID / email address

Then requires that I set a new email address.

But now I am confused, why is my account name this long string of random characters, and not my old email?

  • Did you try adding your old Yahoo! e-mail address? Try to password reset that. If it doesn't exist, you might be able to re-register it. Either Yahoo! scrambled your ID or it is a representation (hash) of your old Yahoo! ID. – Sun Jun 9 '16 at 16:16
  • @Sun I have tried resetting my old email, as it said the email doesn't exist. I'm guessing it is, like you Saudi a hash of my ID, but my question is why did it all of a sudden email me about this, after 5 years. – Jaketr00 Jun 9 '16 at 16:50
  • This is an old post from Yahoo re: inactive accounts but it just might be a way to clean out old inactive accounts. Yours just happen to be minor account that is being treated differently. Makes you think if Yahoo! could get in trouble for this though... – Sun Jun 9 '16 at 16:53
  • @Sun according to that post (assuming that by 12 months, they mean 365 days exactly, and that the 12 month timeout started the day they uploaded the post), I should have gotten this email on April 13, 2014, not May 20, 2016. I'm guessing it is a glitch of some sort, and for some reason my email account was archived and not deleted. – Jaketr00 Jun 9 '16 at 20:05
  • Maybe the “Upgrade your account by choosing a new yahoo! ID / email address” can let you relink it to the username you originally used? – binki May 13 '17 at 18:17

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