Custom Contact folder names seem to be encoded

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I've created a subfolder of Contacts named "ThisIsATestGroup".

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I want to programmatically retrieve the list of employees in this subfolder.  However, I cannot retrieve it by name.  And when I list all my contacts folders, I get these names.  The first 2 look like they're encoded.  Notably, I have created 2 custom subfolders, and their names are not listed, but these two encrypted-looking folders are.

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For more details, including source code, I put the question out on StackOverflow, (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/69051787/how-do-i-find-the-contents-of-a-specific-outlook-contac... but even though the answer they give seems right, and seems to match up with other info I've found on the internet, it doesn't work for me. 

 

My questions:  Is there some configuration where the subfolder names are encoded?  

                          How can I get at my subfolders by name?

 

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You can iterate all subfolders, retrieve the display name for each and compare it to "ThisIsATestGroup".