Middle Men, Paramount's based on a true story tale about how ePassporte's Christopher Mallick got rich by making it possible to pay for online pornography with your credit card, bombed when it opened last month. Turns out, that wasn't even the bad news.

Visa has now suspended transactions with the virtual payment system -- a move not often seen in the industry. The end result? A lot of people tried to pay for their Internet porn with their prepaid ePassporte accounts only to learn that they no longer had access to their funds. Translation: this would be like logging in to your PayPal account and finding all the funds frozen. Yikes. One customer claims that he's been blocked from accessing nearly a quarter of a million dollars in his account -- which is arguably a good thing. Hasn't anyone told this guy that the Internet is full of free porn?

Rumors are swirling -- with some customers afraid Mallick has taken off with their cash. Others -- perhaps naively -- think this could be a publicity stunt for the film. As The Wrap points out, that's unlikely since the movie's already come and gone.

Mallick has taken to the Internet to explain that he hasn't absconded with everyone's hard-earned money. He also claims to have not received a legitimate explanation of why his company has been suspended. This isn't much comfort to anyone who digs into Mallick's past, though -- which is littered with tax liens, bankruptcies, and questionable business decisions (you can get the full details at The Wrap). Too bad Middle Men didn't do better at the box office -- sounds like there's enough material for a sequel already.